Monday, May 09, 2005

California Paralegal Requirements

California is one of a few states which regulate their paralegals . On Jauary 1, 2001, Business and Professions Code 6450 necame effective. (formerly Assembly Bill AB 1761 was signed by Governor Gray Davis on 9/14/00). This section regulates Paralegals, defines the term "paralegal", and sets forth the "academic training" required.

The new law requires "a certificate of completion of a paralegal program at, or a degree from a post-secondary institution that requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester, or equivalent, units in law-related courses and that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization or approved by the Bureau for Private Post-secondary and Vocational Education."

Mission College Paralegal Program is such an accredited institution. We believe there are numerous good reasons to choose our Paralegal Program, and so do our students .