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Legal Studies - School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies

Associate in Arts (AA) in Legal Studies
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies
Certificate (CERT) in Law Office Administrative Assistant
Certificate (CERT) in Legal Secretary
Certificate (CERT) in Paralegal Studies

About the Program

SFCC’s Legal Studies Program lays the groundwork for a brilliant career in the courtroom or a law office. Courses include introduction to law and the paralegal profession, legal research and writing, the practice and procedure of torts, alternative dispute resolutions and tribal law and governments. The program is designed for students who intend to obtain bachelor's degrees with emphasis in Pre-Law studies at a four year institution. It provides general education requirements, a foundation for success in law school and basic core courses designed to prepare students for work in the field of law past their associate degree. You can also undertake a 16-week internship to gain experience in an exemplary law firm in Santa Fe.

The American Bar Association does not recommend to law schools exactly what courses should be included for pre-professional education. High on the list of courses recommended by leaders of the legal profession, however, are English language and literature, government, communication, economics, American history and English history. Majors in English, Spanish, and History are all recommended backgrounds for law school.

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Learn the basics of divorce and custody issues in this free legal clinic provided by the First Judicial District Court, private attorneys, and the SFCC Legal Studies Program. Watch video in English and Spanish. Video created by the SFCC film department.

For more information, please contact Patricia Finn, J.D., 505-428-1660,

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