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1 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Campus Views

2 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Campus Views Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

3 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM T HE P ARALEGAL S TUDIES P ROGRAM F RESNO C ITY C OLLEGE Presents Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

4 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM This Presentation Prepared and Presented By:  Tim Woods, Ph.D., Dean, Business Division, Fresno City College  Brian J. McCully, Paralegal Program Director, Business Division, Fresno City College  Members of the Student Paralegal Association Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

5 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM WelcomeWelcome “This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of the Fresno City College Paralegal Studies Program. We hope you find it interesting and informative.” - Brian J. McCully Paralegal Program Director Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

6 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM A Few Words About Fresno City College Established in 1910, Fresno City College is California’s first community college. Today, the college offers innovative instructional programs designed to meet the lifelong learning needs of its diverse student population. Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

7 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Fresno City College is:  Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges  An institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education  A sustaining member of the Fresno Paralegal Association Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

8 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM About the Paralegal Program  One of Fresno City College’s signature programs is its Paralegal Studies Program which was established in  The program curriculum is designed for the student who desires employment or advancement in the field of paralegal work.  The 38 semester-unit program meets the paralegal definition requirements imposed by California law. Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

9 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Overview of this Presentation Program Benefits  Curriculum  Required Courses  Elective Courses  Emphasis on Technology  Work Experience  Internships  Employed Graduates  Lambda Epsilon Chi Honor Society Chapter Program Resources  Faculty  Advisory Committee  Library  Continuing Legal Education  Scholarships  Mentor Program  Student Paralegal Association Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

10 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Program Benefits  A.S. Degrees and/or Certification Available - Programs that satisfy the requirement of California law  Cost Effective - Modest per unit cost  Flexible - Nights and weekend classes available  Internships - Opportunities for “hands-on” training  Excellent Preparation - Further legal studies  Current Instruction - Law office technology Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

11 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Curriculum The comprehensive curriculum of the Paralegal Studies Program consists of both required “Core Curriculum” courses and “Electives” that provide students with additional training in various legal specialty areas. The curriculum is designed to provide thorough, comprehensive training that adequately prepares the student for employment in the legal environment as a paralegal. Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

12 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Required Courses Students complete all of the following courses:  Law & Legal System  Introduction to Paralegalism  Legal Research & Writing I & II  Litigation I & II  Law Office Practices  Microsoft Word I & II  Work Experience  Law Office Computing A total of 32 units Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

13 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Elective Courses Students complete at least two of the following courses:  Administrative Law / Worker’s Compensation  Bankruptcy  Business Organizations  Civil Rights & Liberties  Criminal Law & Procedure  Debt Collection & Enforcement of Judgments  Discovery / Trial Preparation  Employment Law  Evidence  Environmental Law  Family Law  Legal Office Administration  Probate  Real Property  Torts / Contracts Select two for a total of 6 units Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

14 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Emphasis on Technology  COMPUTER ASSISTED LEGAL RESEARCH (Internet & Premium Databases)  LITIGATION SUPPORT (Summation)  JUDICIAL COUNCIL FORMS (Legal Solutions and others)  TIME & BILLING (Tabs)  CASE MANAGEMENT, CONFLICT CHECKING (Abacuslaw and others)  Other program classes which incorporate the use of specific computer software Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

15 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Work Experience As part of the Paralegal Students Program, paralegal students gain essential on-the-job training by completing a required 300-hour internship. In addition, the students receive classroom instruction in the areas of resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing, and other job hunting skills. Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

16 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Internship  Private Law Offices  Government Law Offices  Local Courts and Administrative Agencies  Central California Legal Services  Corporations  Other Law-Related Settings The internship allows students to practice what they have learned and to showcase their skills to potential employers. Sometimes internships lead to job opportunities. Internships occur in a variety of settings including: Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

17 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Fresno City College was one of the first colleges nationwide to establish a chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX). LEX is a national honor society that recognizes outstanding paralegal students. LEX Honor Society Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

18 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Employed Graduates  Private Law Offices  Government Law Offices  Courts  Corporations  Other Fresno City College Graduates are employed in a variety of employment settings in the industry, including: Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

19 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM The college recruits and maintains excellent adjunct faculty members that share with students their experience and expertise. These professionals include practicing attorneys, practicing paralegals, and a law office manager. Faculty Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

20 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Another valuable resource for the Paralegal Studies Program is its 16-member Advisory Committee which meets at least annually and offers suggestions on subjects such as industry standards and trends, employment prospects, and skills development. This committee consists of local practicing attorneys, faculty members, paralegals, and human resource professionals. Advisory Committee Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

21 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Library Fresno City College has a comprehensive Law Library available to all Paralegal Studies Program students. The collection includes both print and electronic media such as Lexis/Nexis. Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

22 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Continuing Legal Education  MCLE Workshops - the Student Paralegal Association is a State Bar Approved MCLE General Provider  Student Paralegal Association Seminars  Program Elective Courses  Guest Lecturers The college provides additional educational opportunities for both current students and practicing paralegals. These opportunities include: Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

23 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Scholarships Numerous scholarships are available to Fresno City College students generally. In addition, there are some specific paralegal scholarships available to qualifying students. For further information, contact: Fresno City College Financial Aid Office Student Services Building Telephone: (559) Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

24 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Mentor Program Students in the Paralegal Studies Program may participate in its Mentor Program. Individuals who volunteer to serve as mentors are generally alumni of the Fresno City College Paralegal Program working in the law office environment. A mentor serves as a resource for a student in relation to professional trends, internship opportunities, etc. Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

25 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Student Paralegal Association  Experience learning opportunities through service to college and community  Develop teamworking abilities  Cultivate networking opportunities  Develop leadership skills The Fresno City College Paralegal Studies Program also has a dynamic student paralegal association that gives students the opportunity to: Click Mouse or Press Spacebar to Advance Slides

26 FRESNO CITY COLLEGE PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM Thank You For Your Interest For further information: Business Division (559) Brian J. McCully, Program Director (559) , Ext In The FCC Paralegal Studies Program Click here to return to the home pagehere


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