Your career in law starts here!
The law programs at Oxnard College prepare students to be paralegals with responsibility for assisting attorneys in preparation of cases for trial or arbitration, researching existing laws, and performing a moderate degree of investigation. Our experienced faculty have served as attorneys and paralegals at leading law firms, corporations, and public sector organizations and are selected based on their professional credentials, subject matter expertise, experience, ability to teach at the university level, and experience working with paralegals. Get a world-class education close to home!
Choose your pathway!
The law programs currently offer two pathways:
Starting Fall 2022: Paralegal Studies PACE Program
The Paralegal Program will introduce a new fast-paced alternative to the traditional two year course of study this Fall 2022, called PACE (Program for Accelerated College Education). The PACE program will allow qualified, highly motivated students the opportunity to finish the Paralegal Certificate in just one year!
What is a paralegal?
Paralegals and legal assistants are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments, or government agencies.
Paralegals, legal assistants and other legal support staff perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers and their clients, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, investigating the facts of a case, interviewing clients and witnesses, and drafting legal documents to file with the court.
Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow over 10% from 2019-2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.
Private law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, but a growing array of other organizations, such as corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real estate and title insurance firms, and banks hire paralegals. Corporations in particular are boosting their in-house legal departments to cut costs. Demand for paralegals also is expected to grow as an expanding population increasingly requires legal services especially in areas such as intellectual property, health care, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law.
What Qualifies an Individual to be a Paralegal?
In California, a paralegal is required--among other options--to obtain a certificate of completion or a degree from a paralegal program at an accredited postsecondary institution. California Business & Professions Code sections 6402.1(c) and 6450(c). The Paralegal Studies Program satisfies these legal requirements. Oxnard College's Paralegal Program prepares students to be a paralegal with responsibility for assisting the attorney in preparation of cases for trial or arbitration, researching existing laws.
The certificate program now provides in-person and online courses.
Currently, all online classes have a synchronous component and have a weekly virtual classroom experience via Zoom conferencing which ensures every student can access the same live lecture whether they are in a traditional classroom setting or taking a class remotely. Professors teaching online classes are committed to student success and have designed the classes with the online student in mind. Professors are also accessible to online students to help them succeed in their classes. At times, courses may be offered asynchronously. Should a student take asynchronous courses to fulfill program requirements, that student must complete at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction, which includes traditional in-person, hybrid, and synchronous online courses.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.