California Paralegal Schools

California has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country in 2010, so why do California paralegal schools make sense? The rate of growth for paralegal jobs actually grows in bad economic climates. Pair that with good salary expectations and earning a paralegal degree at California paralegal schools could make sense to those aspiring to a legal career.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

San Francisco State University: Within San Francisco State University’s College of Extended Learning is the city’s only ABA approved Certificate in Paralegal Studies. Students can complete the program in as little as 18 months or take as long as four years, during which they enroll in 30 credit hours. The first seven courses are core paralegal subjects while the upper level electives are rotated between four different specializations: Corporate and Business Practice, Advanced Litigation, Estate Planning, and Recommended For All Areas. A dozen star paralegal faculty teach at SFSU and are all current/ former legal professionals.

How to Become a Paralegal in California

There are a number of different programs of varying lengths at California paralegal schools. Coursework in general includes learning how the legal system works in both civil and criminal matters, as well as how to research legal matters and write effectively. Since paralegals can perform many tasks for law firms and companies, except representing clients or offering legal advice, many California paralegal programs also include more in-depth study of bankruptcy law and business law.

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Paralegal Quote: “We work in stealth, in often unrecognized contributions that may appear small when taken individually, but which have enormous ripple effect in the aggregate. I gain intrinsic satisfaction from the knowledge that my work produces this benefit.” -Barbara Liss, President of the Santa Barbara Paralegal Association

Featured Paralegal Schools in California

There are more than a dozen California paralegal schools that have American Bar Association certification. They include:

  • Cerritos College in Norwalk which offers associate’s degree program and a certificate program.
  • University of La Verne in Los Angeles County, situated between Orange County and Los Angeles.
  • UC Irvine’s Extension Program that combines online and classroom setting for an ABA recognized certificate.
  • A number of online options could also fit for those with tight schedules, including Herzing University and Everest College.

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Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in California

With locations across California, Best Best & Krieger LLP provides full service consulting and litigation for its clients in a range of industries. The firm is continually growing, and its staff enjoys a congenial working atmosphere and high job satisfaction. Loeb & Loeb LLP is regularly recognized as one of the top entertainment and media law firms in California, and its attorneys frequently receive recognition from around the US for their accomplishments. Established in 1909, Loeb & Loeb also works in other practice areas. Staff at Loeb & Loeb are organized in teams to better service its variety of clients, and the company considers it a priority to have senior attorneys involved in all work provided to clients. Crowell & Moring LLP has been ranked as one of the top 50 law firms in the US by American Lawyer. Crowell & Moring is a global company with offices across the US, including offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County. It hires paralegal graduates to staff multiple departments in its effort to provide top quality service to clients.

California Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 2008 and 2018, job openings are expected to grow 30 percent for paralegals, among the highest rate of any sector. There are also a number of opportunities with high wages, with the average annual salary close to $60,000 (source: BLS). Along with law firms, a number of tech companies in Silicon Valley and large city governments throughout the state offer possibilities for employment in the private and public sector.

Online and California Paralegal Schools

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • CERT: Paralegal Studies

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Penn Foster Schools
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Paralegal

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Charter College
Campuses: 1Lancaster
Popular Degrees:

  • AS - Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate - Paralegal Studies

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Concord Law School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Executive J.D. SM Program
  • Juris Doctor Program

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Post University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Certificate: Paralegal (Legal Studies)
  • A.S. in Legal Studies
  • B.S. in Legal Studies

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Santa Barbara Business College
Campuses: 1Rancho Mirage
Popular Degrees:

  • Paralegal Studies Associate of Science

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
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    California University of Pennsylvania
    Campuses: 1Online
    Popular Degrees:

    • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
    • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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    Platt College
    Campuses: 1Alhambra
    Popular Degrees:

    • Paralegal Studies

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    Bryan University
    Campuses: 1Online
    Popular Degrees:

    • Associate Degree in Litigation and E-Discovery Paralegal


    Featured Paralegal School in CA

    Evergreen Valley College (San Jose, CA) >>Request Information!
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    (408) 223-6430

    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Arts | Paralegal Studies
    Associate in Science | Paralegal Studies
    Certificate of Achievement | Paralegal Studies


    Paralegal Schools in California

    California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Minor | Legal Studies

    Canada College (Redwood City, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Science | Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal

    Cerro Coso Community College (Ridgecrest, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    Chaffey College (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    City College of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Arts | Paralegal/Legal Studies
    Certificate of Achievement | Paralegal/Legal Studies

    Coastline Community College (Fountain Valley, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Arts | Paralegal

    College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Paralegal Studies

    College of the Sequoias (Visalia, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Certificate | Law Office Clerk/Receptionist
    Certificate | Paralegal

    Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal

    Cuyamaca College (El Cajon, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Science | Paralegal Studies

    De Anza College (Cupertino, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Paralegal Studies
    Certificate of Achievement | Paralegal Studies

    El Camino Community College (Torrance, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Arts | Paralegal Studies
    Certificate of Achievement | Paralegal Studies

    Empire College (Santa Rosa, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Paralegal
    Certificate | Legal Office Administration
    Certificate | Legal Secretary

    Everest College (Los Angeles, CA; Ontario, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Diploma | Paralegal

    Fremont College (Cerritos, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Paralegal Studies

    Fullerton College (Fullerton, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Science | Paralegal Studies
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    Heald College (Concord, CA; Fresno, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal

    Humphreys College (Stockton, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Arts | Court Reporting
    Associate in Science | Court Reporting
    Associate of Arts | Court Reporting
    Associate of Arts | Legal Office Administration
    Associate of Science | Court Reporting
    Associate of Science | Legal Office Administration
    Bachelor of Arts | Paralegal Studies
    Bachelor of Science | Court Reporting
    Bachelor of Science | Court Reporting (online program)
    Bachelor of Science | Court Reporting | CSR (Online) (online program)
    Certificate of Completion | Court Reporting
    Certificate of Completion | Legal Office Administration
    Certificate of Completion | Paralegal Studies

    ICDC College (Los Angeles, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Paralegal
    Associate Degree | Paralegal (online program)
    Diploma | Paralegal

    Intercoast Colleges (West Covina, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Certificate | Legal Office Assistant
    Certificate | Paralegal Specialist
    Certificate of Completion | Legal Office Assistant

    ITT Technical Institute (Anaheim, CA; Clovis, CA; Concord, CA; Lathrop, CA; Oxnard, CA; Rancho Cordova, CA; San Bernardino, CA; San Diego, CA; San Dimas, CA; Sylmar, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
    Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

    John F Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Certificate | Paralegal

    Kaplan College (Bakersfield, CA; Clovis, CA; North County, CA; Palm Springs, CA; Panorama City, CA; Sacramento, CA; Salida, CA; San Diego, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
    Diploma | Legal Administrative Assistant

    Kensington College (Santa Ana, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Certificate | Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal Assistant
    Diploma | Legal Administrative Assistant

    Los Angeles City College (Los Angeles, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Paralegal Studies

    Los Angeles Mission College (Sylmar, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Legal Assisting/Paralegal
    Certificate | Legal Assisting/Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal (online program)

    Los Angeles Southwest College (Los Angeles, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Law Office Specialist 1
    Associate of Arts | Law Office Specialist: Civil Law
    Associate of Arts | Law Office Specialist: Litigation

    Merced College (Merced, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    Merritt College (Oakland, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Paralegal Studies
    Certificate of Achievement | Paralegal Studies

    MTI College (Sacramento, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal (online program)
    Diploma | Legal Administrative Assistant

    North-West College (Pasadena, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Certificate | Paralegal/Legal Assistant

    Pasadena City College (Pasadena, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    Platt College (Alhambra, CA; Ontario, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Arts | Paralegal Studies
    Bachelor of Arts | Paralegal Studies

    Riverside Community College (Riverside, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

    Sage College (Moreno Valley, CA)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting
    Bachelor of Science | Legal Studies
    Diploma | Court Reporting

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