Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Orientation Schedule

2015/08/22 – Saturday from 10-12pm
Newport Beach Center, Room 227

All prospective and incoming Paralegal students are recommended to attend. We will be discussing the requirements to obtain a Paralegal certificate from Coastline. We will also be discussing course selection, course sequencing, and answering any questions students may have regarding the program.

All paralegal Students are required to attend a Paralegal Orientation, counseling, or advising session prior to graduation. Counseling appointments may be scheduled after applying to the college by calling (714) 241-6162. Program advising appointments are available by contacting Program Director Stephen Barnes at: 714-241-6213.

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Is Paralegal Studies Right for You?

The American Bar Association (ABA) approves Coastline's Paralegal Studies Program. The Paralegal Program prepares personnel for the intermediary position between the legal secretary and the attorney, performing work under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals work in law offices and other legal and law related environments and many interact with clients. A paralegal shall not provide legal advice or engage in conduct that constitutes the unauthorized practice of law including contracting with a natural person other than an attorney for the performance of paralegal services (California Business & Professions Code, Sections 6450 et seq.). This program is not intended to prepare students for law school or the practice of law.

Paralegal Associate in Arts Degree

Students who do not already possess an associate in arts or bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university must complete the associate degree (60 units) as specified below. These requirements are in compliance with the ABA Guidelines for paralegal programs. Degree candidate students are required to attend a paralegal orientation or a counseling session and complete the English and Math Placement Testing and Group A General Education requirements prior to entering LAW C105, LAW C118, LAW C121, LAW C390 and/or any major elective with a "LAW" designation. The remaining general education units are to be completed concurrently with the remaining paralegal courses. Students must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in each paralegal studies course.

Paralegal studies course work taken at other institutions in an ABAapproved program, with approval by the paralegal studies department, will qualify for no more than six (6) units of transfer credit in legal specialty courses in the paralegal studies certificate program. Paralegal studies courses taken for other than a letter grade are limited to seven (7) units within the 27 unit total and 21 units of paralegal course work must be completed at Coastline Community College. (Credit by examination is not available courses within the Paralegal Studies Certificate.) Upon completion of the degree program, students will be awarded an associate degree in Paralegal Studies and a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies approved by the American Bar Association.

Students possessing a transferable associate in arts or bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with official transcripts on file at Coastline, will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies approved by the American Bar Association upon completion of the 27 units of required paralegal courses. All students are required to attend a paralegal orientation or a counseling session and must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in each paralegal studies course. All students are required to demonstrate computer proficiency* (see below).

LAW C100 Intro to Paralegal Studies 3.0
LAW C127 Legal Procedure 1 3.0
LAW C128 Legal Procedure 2 3.0
LAW C105 Civil Litigation 1 3.0
LAW C118 Legal Analysis & Briefing 3.0
LAW C121 Legal Research/CALR [or LAW C120 and LAW C122] 4.0
LAW C390 Legal Clinic Practicum/Ethics 2.0
To be selected from Electives below 6.0
Paralegal courses subtotal: 27.0
LAW C110 Civil Litigation 2 1.5
LAW C115 Criminal Litigation 1.5
LAW C130 Law Office Management 1.5
LAW C135 Family Law 1.5
LAW C142 Probate/Estate Planning 3.0
LAW C148 Elder Law 1.5
LAW C150 Corporate/Business Organization 3.0
LAW C152 Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3.0
LAW C155 Bankruptcy Law and Procedures 3.0
LAW C158 Intellectual Property 3.0
LAW C160 Civil Trial & Evidence 1.5
LAW C161 Tort Law 3.0
LAW C164 Contract Law 3.0
LAW C170 Computer Applications 3.0
GENERAL EDUCATION, Paralegal Program Units
Students are required to complete at least 18 units in courses numbered C100-C299 listed in Groups A to D. (Course work in Group A2 is limited to ENGLISH C100. Course work in Group C1 is limited to ART C100, C101 and /or MUSIC C100. All course work in C2 is acceptable.) In addition, 3 units in Group E are required. Students can meet the general education requirements under Options 1, II, or III associate degree academic plans.
General Education subtotal 21.0
*Computer proficiency may be demonstrated by the satisfactory completion of LAW C170, or BUSINESS COMPUTING C148 and LIBRARY C110; by completion of similar courses; by transfer credit course work; by workplace substantiation; by Microsoft Certification; or, by other computer industry certification.
**Electives Subtotal 12.0
TOTAL UNITS for A.A./A.S. degree program 60.0
**Work Based Learning courses only apply to these elective units and are not a part of the paralegal studies courses. Earn credit for work you do on the job.
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Paralegal Course Outlines

Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes


Section Description

This course introduces students to the legal and ethical issues that affect the health care industry, health care providers, and health care managers. It covers all related topics such as tort law, criminal aspects of health care, patient confidentiality, release of medical information, informed consent, corporate and personal liability, and medical malpractice. Special emphasis is placed on the procedures that protect the security of health care data. Letter Grade only.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Given a specific real life health care scenario, the student will be able to analyze the data and formulate a plan to deal with the legal aspects of the situation based on the knowledge learned in the course.
  • Identify the legal and ethical issues that are related to health care management and apply the knowledge to real life experience in the health care field.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the principles and legal regulations of healthcare management to real world situations.
  • Develop and exhibit high standards of professional practice, demonstrating awareness of ethical and social responsibilities in today’s multicultural, team-oriented, rapidly-changing healthcare/management environment.
  • Effectively communicate solutions to management issues in an organizational (health care) setting, using appropriate language and tools and demonstrating understanding of management terms and concepts.


Section Description

An overview of federal bankruptcy law and procedures for the paralegal; introduction to the functions and working of bankruptcy court, United States Trustee, Chapters 7 and 13, and bankruptcy counsel; examination of Chapters 7, 11 and 13, schedule preparation; creditor representation and bankruptcy research. ADVISORY: LAW C100 and C127 or LAW C105 or permission of instructor. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Assess, compare, and evaluate exemptions offered to debtors through applicable state law which will provide debtors with an optimal fresh start.
  • Collect, analyze and assess, initial client information for the attorney that will facilitate preparation of schedules and statements.
  • Describe the bankruptcy structure, the role of court personnel, the role of the paralegal, and assist the attorney in all aspects of a Chapter 7no-asset bankruptcy practice.
  • Prepare bankruptcy schedules, statement of affairs, and other required elements of the bankruptcy petition given specific facts.


Section Description

Basic principles of preparing a civil case for trial, including preparation of a trial notebook, pre-trial and post-trial motions, jury instructions, verdicts, judgments, and the principles of evidence and its preparation for presentation in court. ADVISORY: LAW C105 and C120. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and examine the rules of evidence and the application of the rules to specific identified items of evidence.
  • Analyze, examine, assess, select, and create trial preparation materials and motions given a specific fact situation.
  • Demonstrate the skills of legal analysis by applying the principles of evidence based on a specific set of facts.

Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure

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