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The paralegal profession has consistently been considered a positive growth profession at national, state and regional levels; and has been named one of the top 100 occupations in the Central Valley.
Paralegals support attorneys by performing legal research, drafting legal document, and performing interviews and investigations. Paralegals frequently engage in client contact including interviews and case status updates, and they are often the first line of communication between a firm and its clients.
The Paralegal Program at Fresno City College was one of the first of its kind in the region. It continues to provide comprehensive, top-quality training for persons interested in a career as a professional paralegal. Courses are taught primarily by practicing attorneys and seasoned paralegals that bring to the classroom their knowledge of the law, and experiences informed by work in the field.
The program offers both an Associate in Science degree in Paralegal Studies and a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies. Upon completion of 37 semester-units in the major, graduates of the program meet the paralegal definition requirement established by California law. In addition, all students in the program are required to complete an internship equal to 4 semester units.
The FCC Student Paralegal Association has been a social group and support network for all paralegal students. FCCSPA organizes educational, social and outreach events, tutorial assistance for paralegal students, and networking with the legal community. By joining FCCSPA, students become members of the Fresno Paralegal Association (FPA) and the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA).