The Paralegal concentration of study provides a balanced education based on integration
of theory and practice, strong written and oral communication skills, and the tools
necessary to begin a career in a respected and well-paid profession.
Our goal is to provide our students with the education, training, and experience that
will enable them to become successful paralegals and to advance in their profession.
Certificate of Achievement
The certificate of achievement in paralegal studies is designed to provide you with
the basic knowledge and skills necessary for an entry-level paralegal position. A
certificate of achievement may be achieved by completing the required core courses.
All courses required for the certificate are also required courses for the A.S. degree,
making the paralegal studies program a seamless transition.
Associate in Science Degree
With an A.S. degree in paralegal studies you will gain comprehensive foundational
knowledge that will enable you to become a successful paralegal and to advance in
your profession. This program is also designed to help students prepare for NALA certification
(National Association of Legal Assistants).
Phone: 805.922.6966 ext. 3239
Fax number: 805-928-7905 (Santa Maria Campus)
805-735-3976 (Lompoc Valley Center)
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer: closed during the month of July
Top of Page
Graduating high school with honors and realizing I did not have the monetary means to go off to a university like I had always dreamed about felt like a setback. Being at a community college, for my first semester, felt like a detriment to my education. Despite this I began to reach out to other students and was referred by a student to a program called MESA. MESA has shaped my educational career. MESA has provided me with opportunities I would have otherwise missed on my own, an opportunity to work with other like-minded majors who have since become like family. With this kind of strong foundation I have been able to excel in my science, mathematics, and engineering courses.
Read More »
See us in action
Video: David feels the program leaves him well prepared to research and analyze legal concepts.