You want a career that is stable and rewarding. You have an interest in law, excellent research skills, and pay close attention to detail. You have the ability to be objective, communicate clearly and precisely, and work well under pressure. If this sounds like you, the Paralegal Studies program at Fremont College is a great choice. Through our College of Legal Studies, you can earn an ABA-approved Paralegal degree in just 15 months and be prepared for an exciting career in the field of law.
O1 Career Overview
Are Paralegals in demand?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of Paralegal jobs is expected to increase 17% from 2012 to 2022.
How to become a Paralegal
- Complete a Paralegal program at a college to earn an associate's degree (1-2 years)
- Complete Paralegal certification (optional)
- Complete on-the-job training with an employer
Important qualities of a Paralegal
Paralegals must be able to document and present their research and related information to their supervising attorney.
Paralegals need to be familiar with using computers for legal research and litigation support. They also use computer programs for organizing and maintaining important documents.
Paralegals spend most of their time working with clients and other professionals, and must be able to develop good relationships. They must make clients feel comfortable sharing personal information related to their cases.
Paralegals may be responsible for many cases at one time. They must adapt quickly to changing deadlines.
Paralegals need good research and investigative skills to conduct legal research.
What Do Paralegals Do?
Investigate the facts of a case
- Conduct research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal articles
- Draft correspondence and legal documents, such as contracts and mortgages
- Gather evidence and legal documents for attorney review and case preparation
- Write reports to help lawyers prepare for trials
- Obtain affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court
Where do Paralegals work?
- Legal services
- Federal government, excluding postal service
- Local government, excluding education and hospitals
- State government, excluding education and hospitals
- Finance and insurance
Career outlook of a Paralegal*
Projected Employment from 2012 to 2022
- Average Annual Salary
Top Paying States
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014
- Washington D.C.: $68,850
- California: $58,570
- New Jersey: $58,050
- Oregon: $54,460
- New York: $53,570
O2 Fremont Difference
Our ABA Paralegal program is designed to provide you with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of both the background and the theory of the modern legal system while simultaneously putting your knowledge into practice. Some schools only offer a Paralegal certificate in the amount of time it takes to earn an associate’s degree at Fremont College; at Fremont, you will earn an Associate of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies in a little over one year.
ABA-approved Paralegal program
Fremont College is one of only 28 ABA-approved Paralegal schools in California.
Day and evening course schedules to fit your life.
Students work together to complete assignments.
Assistance with career advice and resources to help graduates find a job in their field.
Real-world legal training
Paralegal students at Fremont College conduct actual legal research, perform real-world problem solving, and participate as a member of an active legal team.
Small class sizes
Allows for one-on-one interaction with instructors.
Receive one-on-one help from a peer tutor at no cost.
Accelerated degree program
Earn a degree in just 15 months and begin working in your field in a little over one year,
Mentoring from expert instructors
Industry skills and work experience enhance the classroom learning experience.
Training in modern computer classrooms
Simulate real work experiences with hands-on training.
- Introduction to Law and Ethics
- Civil Procedure
- Legal Research and Writing
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Advanced Legal Research and Writing
- Legal Practice Technology
- Family Law
- Real Property Law
- Employment Law
- Business Organizations
O3 Admissions and Aid
Fremont takes the stress out of enrolling in college by working with you every step of the way to determine your career goals and help you find a way to pay for school. If you have concerns that you won't be able to afford college, our financial aid team will help you apply for grants and student loans to fund your education. We are committed to making sure that nothing stands in the way of obtaining the career you have always wanted.
Our trained team of admissions representatives will help you understand yourself, visualize your dreams, and map your career. During your informational meeting, we will help you find the associate's degree or bachelor's degree program that best fits your interests. We will also take you on a tour of the school, show you our unique learning methodology, Professional Action Learning (PAL), and discuss how easy it is to apply for financial aid. You will also discover how you can complete your education training in 15 months or less and, most importantly, which job opportunities exist for Fremont College graduates.More
There are various options when it comes to paying for school. Grants, loans, education benefits for veterans, and payment plans make college affordable. Our trained financial aid team can help you apply for financial aid and will assist you through the entire process.More
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O4 Fremont Graduates
Your time at Fremont doesn't end at graduation. Alumni are invited back for workshops, networking mixers, and other events that provide an opportunity for career enhancement. Fremont alumni also receive career planning assistance from our career services team and have access to numerous resources to help them achieve their career goals. In addition, our employer network consists of well-known companies that have been employing our graduates for years. We have numerous graduate success stories to prove that earning a degree at Fremont College is a wise investment in your future.
Meet Our Graduates
“The classes that prepared me the most were definitely Technology in the Legal Field – that was a very important one – I use it on a daily basis. The fact that I work in an employment law firm… obviously my Employment Law class assisted me very much. Introduction to Paralegal Ethics was also a very good class.” -Victor Barajas, Paralegal Studies Graduate 2012More
- The Law Offices of ATB
- The Ticket Clinic, A Law Corporation
- District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
- BP (British Petroleum)