The Paralegal Certificate

Course Requirements for the Certificate: 26-27 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this certificate.

With proper planning (see the Pre-Law Advisor) a student can count almost all Paralegal courses toward the Political Science major.

5 courses required:

POLS 451B Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 3.0 FS

This course is also offered as MCGS 451B.

POLS 454 Legal Research 3.0 FS
POLS 455 The Legal Para-Professional 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: POLS 454
POLS 489K Internship in Legal Studies 1.0 -3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
POLS 489L Internship in Public Law 1.0 -3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

1 course selected from:

POLS 491F Simulation in Political Science: Public Law 2.0 FA
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.
POLS 491G Trial and Appellate Advocacy 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

3 courses selected from:

BLAW 411 Commercial Law 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: BLAW 302.
BLAW 412 Business and Government Regulation 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: At least junior standing.
BLAW 413 Employment Law 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: At least junior standing.
BLAW 414 Labor Law and Collective Bargaining 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: At least junior standing or faculty permission.
BLAW 452 Legal Issues in Music 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MUSC 309.

This course is also offered as MUSC 452.

EDAD 614 The Law and Education 3.0 FS
FINA 453 Estate Planning 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: FINA 307.
HCSV 332 Laws, Ethics, and Regulations in Health Services 3.0 FA
JOUR 320 Mass Communication Law 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 101, JOUR 260.
POLS 399 Special Problems 1.0 -3.0 FS

POLS 399 must be taken for 3 units

POLS 410 Issues in Legal Studies 3.0 Inq
POLS 443 International Law 3.0 Inq
POLS 451A Constitutional Law: Powers and Restraints 3.0 Inq
POLS 452 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3.0 Inq
POLS 453 Legal Process and Behavior 3.0 Inq
POLS 456 Legal Analysis 3.0 Inq
POLS 457 American Indian/Federal Law 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is also offered as AIST 457.

POLS 459A Criminal Procedure 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: POLS 250.
POLS 461 Environmental Politics and Administration 3.0 FA
POLS 464 Administrative Law 3.0 FA
POLS 465 The Administration of Justice 3.0 Inq
POLS 468 Planning Law 3.0 SP
POLS 481 Law and Disadvantaged Persons 3.0 Inq

This course is also offered as SWRK 481.

POLS 493 Community Research 1.0 -15.0 FS
Prerequisites: Approval of the Department of Political Science.
POLS 489M Community Legal Information Center Directorship 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Approval of the Department of Political Science
RECR 428 Recreation Law and Legal Principles 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: RECR 200; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of RECR 220, RECR 240, RECR 250, or RECR 260; or faculty permission.

Or other law-related courses selected with prior permission of the Paralegal Advisor.

The Paralegal Certificate is not granted automatically. Students must make application through the Department of Political Science early in their final semester in the program. A 2.5 grade point average in all courses for the certificate is required.