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Mary Sessom, Esq and Patricia Newman Program Co-Chairs*
Phone: (619) 660-4362 & (619) 660-4554



The legal profession has evolved, like the medical profession, into a profession of specialties.

Based on this recent development, lawyers need qualified assistants with specialized training to better help them provide legal services to their clients. Paralegals are trained, professional technicians able to provide this needed legal assistance.

This degree program is specifically designed to prepare and provide students with the analytical skills and written abilities necessary to assist attorneys in the practice of law. The technical curriculum goals and objectives emphasize three primary areas:

1. Legal Research, Analysis and Writing
2. Ethics and the Mechanics of Law
3. Cooperative Work Experience

The successful paralegal degree candidate will possess a broad educational background with an opportunity to gain specialized skills in specific areas of law. The large curriculum offering also allows practicing paralegals to attend college refresher or new skills development courses. This program does not prepare students for law school or the practice of law.

Possible Employment Areas
  • Claim Examiner
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Compliance and Enforcement Inspector
  • Contract Consultant
  • Forms and Procedures Specialist
  • Freelance Paralegal
  • *Labor Relations Specialist
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Aide
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Research Assistant
  • Legal Technician
  • Occupational Safety and Health Worker
  • Paralegal
  • Patent Agent
  • Title Examiner

* Bachelor Degree or higher required
Bachelor Degree normally recommended

Last Updated: 09/23/2014


Mary Sessom, Esq and Patricia Newman Program Co-Chairs*
Phone: (619) 660-4362 & (619) 660-4554

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District