ABA Approved Paralegal Program
West Los Angeles College offers a Paralegal Studies program that is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The program is designed to prepare students for work as a paralegal.
What is a Paralegal
A paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
According to the Department of Labor, the demand for paralegals is expected to grow as an increasing population requires additional legal services. Paralegal and legal assistant positions are projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2015. Employment growth stems from law firms and other employers with legal staffs increasingly hiring paralegals to lower the cost and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services. The majority of job openings for paralegals in the future will be new jobs created by rapid employment growth, but additional job openings will arise as people leave the occupation.
The median salary of a paralegal averaged $52,000 in 2010.
NOTE: This program is not designed for preparation for law school admission. Students should consult catalogs of law schools of their choice or a counselor when planning to attend law school.
About the Degree
The Associate of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies is primarily designed for vocational education and workforce training/development and is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The curriculum is not aligned with course requirements for transfer to a specific major at a four-year college or university.
TRANSFER OPTIONS: If you are interested in transferring to a 4-year university, consult with the Counseling Office for individualized educational planning. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EARNING A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN PARALEGAL STUDIES, West has curriculum that is aligned with lower-division course requirements for transfer to National University's ABA Approved Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies. National is one of the few 4-year universities in the LA area with an ABA Approved Bachelor's Degree Paralegal Program...read more or click here for the WLAC Articulation Agreement with National University.