About the Program

The De Anza College Paralegal Studies Program was among the first paralegal studies programs to be initially approved by the State of California in 1970. Since then the program has continually provided a quality educational course of study that incorporates basic legal instruction along with practical training that graduates will need to successfully enter the work force. Our graduates are employed in private law offices, public agencies and corporate law offices.

The De Anza College Paralegal Studies Program received approval from the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1991 and was the first community college paralegal program to be so approved in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since the initial approval, the program has undergone normal re-approvals from the ABA on three separate occasions, receiving complimentary statements about the quality of the program.

De Anza College offers both a certificate and a degree program to help individuals prepare for employment as paralegals. These programs include courses in various types of law, relevant paralegal topics, legal writing and research, and civil litigation procedure. Both programs satisfy the educational requirements of California law.

Pathway to Paralegal Degree and Certificate

The information in these charts can help you plan which courses to take as you work toward your degree and certificate in Paralegal Studies. The Class Offerings chart will tell you which classes are offered each quarter and during the summer. The Recommended Sequence chart will tell you the recommended order for taking the classes you will need to earn your degree and certificate. If you have any questions, please see your counselor.

Certificate and Degree Programs

De Anza College offers both an advanced certificate of achievement and an associate degree in Paralegal Studies.

2019 Paralegal Career Fair

Our annual career fair on May 10 was an opportunity for students in the Paralegal Studies program to meet representatives from a number of Bay Area law offices and other organizations, including private law firms, public agencies, professional associations and recruitment agencies.

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Career Fair participants included

  • Bergeson LLP
  • Element Professional Staffing
  • Kilpatrick Townsend LLP
  • Legal Ease
  • Lincoln Law School
  • Morrison Forester LLP
  • Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County
  • Robert Half Legal
  • San José City Attorney
  • Santa Clara County Counsel
  • Santa Clara County Legal Professionals Association
  • Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender
  • Sidley Austin LLP

Mission Statement: 

Our students will be able to

  • Evaluate, critique and analyze legal and factual information related to critical thinking
  • Synthesize and analyze such information effectively, both in writing and orally, related to communication and expression
  • Compare and contrast the American and California legal systems, demonstrating how they are situated in the global environment related to global, cultural, social and environmental awareness
  • Determine legally relevant facts related to information literacy, using diverse source materials
  • Assess whether given information is sufficient to evaluate a legal issue
  • Utilize appropriate resources to obtain relevant needed information related to information literacy
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