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Maps, Directions & Parking
Find Your Way to Cañada College and Around Campus

Class Schedule
A Complete List of Classes


Jobs: Looking or Hiring?

Looking for a Job/Internship? Looking to hire a Cañada College paralegal student as an intern or employee?

Paralegal Students: please click on the following link,, and follow the prompts to establish a free account and then view job openings.

Potential Employers of Paralegal Students:  please click on the following link,, follow the prompts to  post jobs or internships.

Career Outlook

Paralegal work is intellectually challenging and offers a unique opportunity to help others while gaining respect as a legal professional. Demand for paralegals is growing as the population requires more legal services and paralegals take on more work formerly carried out by lawyers. The number of paralegal jobs in California is expected to increase by 20.1 percent, or 5,400 jobs, between 2010 and 2020 according to the Employment Development Department.

Read more on the California Occupational Guide for Paralegals and the Detailed California Guide for Paralegals and Legal Assistants.

The Field

The Paralegal Studies Program at Cañada College offers the skills and knowledge you need to become a practicing paralegal. Paralegals help lawyers prepare for legal hearings, trials and corporate meetings by interviewing clients, performing legal research, maintaining case files, and managing tasks. Additionally, experienced paralegals may manage highly complex projects as well as oversee other legal support staff. In order to succeed in the paralegal field, students will need to develop effective critical thinking, organizational and problem solving skills, as well as enjoy working with complex ideas and information.

The Paralegal Program at Cañada College

The Paralegal Program at Cañada college was developed in cooperation with the San Mateo County Bar Association and the San Mateo County Legal Secretaries Association to train personnel to assist attorneys in both civil and criminal matters. Instruction centers on assisting the attorneys in interviewing clients and preparing legal documents.

 Accreditation and Affiliations


Cañada College Paralegal Program Advisory Committee

With the goal of always improving its paralegal program, Cañada College has an advisory committee comprised of lawyers, paralegals, business professionals, college paralegal and other faculty, legal research experts, non-profit organization leaders, and present and former paralegal program students. Advice and counsel result in relevant class offerings, courses that best equip students with the skills necessary to perform at the highest levels in the workforce; an ongoing plan to seek and create hands-on work opportunities for students, both while they are in the paralegal studies program and once they have graduated; and current and effective marketing, on and off the Web.


Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Use effectively both book and electronic legal research tools, and to identify and use primary and secondary law sources.
  • Use California superior court judicial council forms, and at least one software program containing such forms.
  • Understand, follow and apply ethical rules for attorneys and paralegals and to identify potential ethical issues in the legal environment

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