Course Description

Gain a working knowledge of civil procedure and learn to apply it as a paralegal working in a litigation setting. The course provides an overview of the procedures associated with the preparation of a civil action, from the initial client contact and discovery stage through trial setting and preparation, with an emphasis on California civil procedure. Topics include:

  • Examining the role of the paralegal in the civil process
  • Understanding court systems
  • Comprehending jurisdiction and other pre-litigation issues
  • Understanding pleadings
  • Conceptualizing and applying discovery procedures
  • Introduction to trial setting and preparation

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify different courts and determine the proper court to bring a lawsuit
  • Follow proper pre-filing procedures
  • Draft a complaint and answer
  • Meet deadlines and filing requirements for motions
  • Follow proper discovery procedures
  • Assist an attorney in litigating a case


Fundamentals of Paralegal Studies or consent of program director


Certification Disclosure: In California an individual may qualify to hold one’s self out as a paralegal in one of several ways including earning a certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association. (Calif. Bus. & Prof. Code §6450(c)(1).) The Paralegal Professional Certificate program offered by UCSB PaCe satisfies the requirements of California law in this regard.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Not offered this quarter. Classes are offered according to the schedule on the respective Certificate or Program Page. Please click on the Request Information below to be promptly notified when enrollment opens.