The De Anza Paralegal Program

by Iria Vasquez-Paez 10 months ago in college

Why I Need It

The De Anza Paralegal Program

As far as this program goes, I’m looking at all my options to get a better paying job and how to get there. I know I have to get into the technical writing program, for example. I also have paralegal studies printed out by now, which I’m looking at because I want to figure out how long it will take me to complete. I need at least 48 units and classes I can transfer to UCLA when the time comes. I’m busy trying to figure out the stuff I need to learn, and I have to enroll in online English 1A and 1B. I have other interests, besides, in the field of student government, drawing, martial arts, speech, and more art classes.

The De Anza Paralegal program entails taking the following classes:

  • PARA 67
  • Law Office Management for Paralegals
  • PARA 86 Legal Analysis
  • PARA 92A Partnerships and Corporations
  • PARA 94 Introduction to California Law
  • PARA 95
  • Overview of American Law
  • PARA 96A
  • Introduction to Legal Research and Writing
  • PARA 97A Civil Litigation Procedures
  • PARA 97B Advanced Civil Litigation Procedure
  • PARA 84, Trial Preparation
  • PARA 85
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • PARA 87 Personal Injury and Tort Litigation
  • PARA 89 Landlord Tenant Law
  • PARA 91A California Family Law
  • Business 18
  • Business Law, which is an online class. I really have to get this show on the road.

A paralegal certificate can prepare me for working in an actual law firm. I want to work off some law school credits out here so I can transfer as a second-year student if possible. I’m not sure how to do this as I really need to see a counselor and see how well I can handle being on a crowded college campus. Going to school is something I do for fun, as well as to learn new skills. I wish I had extra income to throw at my academic career but I’m not sure if that will eventually happen.

I’m just waiting to make money so I can go to school but without overloading myself this time around. Overloading myself is never a good idea. It is why I have to be careful with how many classes I take all at once. If I work part-time, I can manage to take classes and deal with coursework. But that only depends on whether or not I have a decent, stable job.

Many things have to wait for me. I mean I’m also researching a full-blown anthropology equivalent. I’m running out of stuff I can do for myself with regard to academic research. I want to study immigration law in addition to other types of law like patent laws. I’m sure the legal research and writing class covers various situations that can transfer to a three-year legal program with a master’s in public health to boot. I’ve researched many academic programs by now. I’m learning what I want and how I’m going to have to make some concrete decisions within my newfound limitation parameters. I’m taking a huge break from Work2Future for example since I need one from the place.

Also, I need to use this piece to figure out how to pick one program and stick with it. I need to make a concrete decision about where to go, in particular to the San Jose State technical writing program. I have a whole Bachelor degree in Creative Writing that took me three years to get. I also took holistic health classes as part of what is known at San Francisco State as Segment III. I took a proficiency test for writing at state as well, and I was forced into English 414, which was an equivalency class to fix the fact I didn’t do well on the test. These days, I’m treated and I can do well.

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Iria Vasquez-Paez

I have a B.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State. Can people please donate? I'm very low-income. I need to start an escape the Ferengi plan. 

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