Pasadena City College
Paralegal Studies
Pasadena City College    1570 Colorado Boulevard    Pasadena, CA  91106  (626) 585-7817
How will the PCC Paralegal Program help me get a job?

The most recent projections of the Bureau of Labor and Industry indicate that employment of paralegals and legal
assistants will grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018 which is considered to be a much faster growth rate than for
most occupations.  The Paralegal Studies program of Pasadena City College offers placement assistance by counseling
students on resume preparation, interviewing techniques and job search skills and by hosting the annual national

celebration of Law Day, in early May of each year, which allows students to learn about opportunities, services and
programs provided in the law related fields through exhibitor presentations and highly-regarded speakers.

In order to prepare students for paralegal employment, the Paralegal Studies program is designed to contribute to

the development of the paralegal profession by offering students quality education, focused skills, and the essential
knowledge they need to be leaders in a highly competitive, professional marketplace.

PCC graduates are well-prepared to enter the legal workforce.  PCC Paralegals receive education and training that

allow them to:
•        Meet and communicate with clients, attorneys, judges, investigators and other court and legal personnel;
•        Perform factual and legal research on behalf of their clients;
•        Draft correspondence and court documents;
•        Create, organize, and maintain client files;
•        Summarize medical records and depositions;
•        Analyze and form solutions to client problems;
•        Use technology to further client representation;
•        Prepare and assist at trial;
•        Assist in managing the law office.

Many different kinds of people make excellent paralegals.  No special training or knowledge is necessary to enter the

program, but a candidate should:

•        An interest in the law
•        Good written and oral communication skills
•        An outgoing personality
•        A strong desire to help others with their problems
•        An inquisitive nature
•        The ability to persist in searching for information and obtaining answers
•        Good organizational skills
•        The ability to work both independently and as part of a team

PCC paralegal graduates are currently employed throughout Los Angeles County and other parts of California.
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