Certificate Program is designed for students pursuing careers as
paralegals. A paralegal works in a paraprofessional capacity as
an assistant to an attorney in a private law firm, governmental
agency, industry, or private association. By California law, a paralegal,
also called a legal assistant, works under the super-
vision of an attorney and performs many tasks normally handled by
an attorney, such as preparing forms, memoranda writing, interviewing
clients, researching legal matters, managing the legal office, and
a variety of other tasks. There are also self-
employed paralegals who work for attorneys on request. The paralegal
is not an attorney and, therefore, cannot give legal advice or represent
another person in court, except under very limited circumstances
provided by law.
It is strongly recommended that students complete English 1A and
Political Science 1B before they begin taking paralegal courses.
It is further recommended that students first complete (or at least
concurrently enroll in) Political Science 30, Introduction to Paralegal,
before continuing with other Paralegal courses.
This is not a four-year transfer program, it is not transferable
for advanced standing in a law school, and is not designed to be
a "pre-law" program. The Paralegal Certificate is not
equivalent to a law school (J.D.) degree program, and thus, does
not serve as a preparation for the bar exam. See a counselor for
transfer requirements to other institutions.
Students must complete a minimum of 33 units with the paralegal
program, at least 15 of which must be taken in residence at Victor
Valley College, with a minimum grade of "C" in all paralegal