Southwestern College offers two paralegal programs: Paralegal Studies and Paralegal Studies: Bilingual (Spanish-English). Both programs prepare students for rewarding careers in the legal industry as paralegal professionals working under the direct supervision of lawyers in the public and private sectors. A paralegal's responsibilities can be broad and varied including preparing and translating legal documents, interviewing clients, performing legal research, investigation of facts, preparing cases for trial, organizing and managing documents. Paralegals often work with attorneys in specialized areas of law such as immigration, family law, probate, workers compensation, criminal law and civil litigation.
Paralegals are also known as Legal Assistants and are regulated by California law under the Business & Professions Code §6450. Paralegals are required to work under the supervision of an attorney, and may not give out legal advice.