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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 Adviser) a student can count almost all Paralegal courses toward the Political Science major.

2 courses required:

POLS    251B    Civil Rights/Civil Liberties    3.0    FS

This course is the same as MCGS 251B which may be substituted.

POLS    255    Legal Para-Professional    3.0    FS

1 course selected from:

POLS    291F    Simulation: Public Law    2.0    FA

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

POLS    291G    Simulation: Public Law    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

1 course selected from:

POLS    254    Legal Research    3.0    FS

POLS    256    Legal Analysis    3.0    FS

2 courses required:

POLS    289K    Internship in Public Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS    289L    Internship in Public Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

3 courses selected from:

BLAW    211    Commercial Law    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: BLAW 100.

BLAW    213    Employment Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing.

BLAW    214    Labor Law/Collective Bargaining    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing or faculty permission.

EDAD    393    Law and Education    3.0    FA

FIN    153    Estate Planning    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: FIN 150.

HCSV    233    Laws, Ethics, & Regs in Hlth Svc    3.0    SP

JOUR    231    Mass Communication Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: COM 001, JOUR 060.

POLS    199    Special Problems    1.0-3.0    FS

POLS 199 must be taken for 3 units

POLS    243    International Law    3.0    FS

POLS    254    Legal Research    3.0    FS

OR     (the following course may be substituted for the above)

POLS    256    Legal Analysis    3.0    FS

POLS    264    Administrative Law    3.0    FA

POLS    265    Administration of Justice    3.0    FS

POLS    268    Planning Law    3.0    SP

POLS    293    Community Research    3.0-15.0    FS

Prerequisites: Approval of the Department of Political Science.

SWRK    280    Law and Disadvantaged Persons    3.0    Inq

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

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.

The Pre-Law Professional Pattern

Those Pre-Law students majoring in Political Science who plan to enter law school should consider, as part of, or in addition to, the regular degree requirements for the major in Political Science, the following courses: law courses in POLS 250 series; the Public Law internship courses, POLS 289K or POLS 289L; POLS 243, International Law; POLS 238, Jurisprudence; POLS 264, Administrative Law; POLS 265, The Administration of Justice; POLS 198W, Special (Law) Topics; and various Business Law courses. See Pre-Law Adviser for additional information.