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Mary Sessom

Phone: (619) 660-4362


"The Paralegal Studies program at Cuyamaca College has helped me to stand out to not only get jobs at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP and Maxie Rheinheimer Stephens & Vrevich, LLP, but to also receive the San Diego Daily Transcript's 2009 Top 10 Paralegal in San Diego County. Having worked with numerous paralegals across the county, I know that Cuyamaca's program is well respected and prepares its graduates to competitively enter the legal market upon graduation."

> Jeff Bennion, Paralegal, Maxie Rheinheimer Stephens & Vrevich

Paralegal studies


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


Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  May 15, 2014
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