Legal Studies 
School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability & Professional Studies

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.

Paralegal Studies

A career as a paralegal might be right for you if you have an interest in research and enjoy an intellectual challenge. The associate in applied science program is a two-year program that will get you ready to work side by side with lawyers in a variety of settings, including private law firms, government agencies, corporations and other professional businesses.

The certificate program is designed to get you to work quickly – after just one year of concentrated study. With a Certificate or Associate in Applied Science in paralegal studies, you’ll be eligible to work under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney and assist in many aspects of the litigation process.

Legal Studies students contribute to our community.

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Licensed attorney
  • Certified mediator
  • Paralegal
  • Legal assistant
  • Court clerk or staff
  • Government agency staff
  • Legal secretary
  • Private law firm
  • Judiciary support