Specialized Associate Degree – Paralegal

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Become a paralegal with training at Empire College in California. 

Are you searching for a paralegal school that can help you develop an understanding of legal concepts and services? At Empire College, we can help you learn the skills you need to earn your paralegal certification in California and begin your career.

Objective: This Associate degree program is designed to prepare you for positions as a paralegal, legal secretary, or administrative support specialist in a law office or firm. Emphasis is placed on the development of legal office skills such as case management, legal research, discovery, docketing, drafting and analyzing legal documents, and alternative dispute resolution. A 96-hour internship is included as part of your paralegal training.

Further concentration on critical thinking, decision-making, human relations and communications can also help you become a well-rounded professional.

Program Length: 6 quarters (18 months)
Specialized (Occupational) Associate Degree awarded upon successful completion of all legal assistant program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2001, paralegals are defined by the California Business and Professions Code Section 6450 et seq. as to their education and experience. Section 6454 – Definitions: The terms “paralegal,” “legal assistant,” “attorney assistant,” “freelance paralegal,” “independent paralegal” and “contract paralegal” are synonymous for purposes of this chapter.


Our Paralegal associate degree program includes the following courses:

  • Business Law
  • Civil Litigation courses
  • Real Property
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Law Office Docketing, Accounting and Management
  • Mediation/Conflict Management
  • Ethics in Technology and Society
  • Legal Research
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • e-Discovery
  • Internship for Paralegals
  • Accounting
  • Various Computer, Internet and Microsoft courses
  • Management Communications
  • And many more in-depth courses!

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My boyfriend went to Empire College and majored in I.T. He told me to check out the college, and when I did, I knew that Empire was the school for me.

Haley Cleveland

Business Graduate, A/P Accounting Clerk, Dasco Inc.

One of the things that I appreciate about going to Empire College was that the training was so hands-on.

Yesenia Avalos

Medical Assistant Coordinator, West County Health Centers

Walking across the graduation stage already employed with a full-time job was very gratifying.

Nancy Clark

Paralegal, Galanti & Copenhaver, Inc.

I had a lot of friends go through Empire who had a great experience. If you want a solid IT foundation to get out in the workforce, it’s the place to be.

Blake Buchanan

Service Desk Analyst, Davita Medical Group