Course Description

This course provides an understanding of the unique and shifting process involved in the prosecution of minors. In this course, participants learn about the juvenile court system, the purpose of detention hearings, and how to represent children, families, and the state effectively and ethically. Topics range from truancy to serious criminal acts.

Learner Outcomes

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

  • Prepare pleadings, transport orders, or modifications to charges as requested by an attorney
  • Prepare pre-trial motions, plea paperwork and/or correspondence
  • Summarize trial preparation activities and take steps to prepare witnesses for trials, submit laboratory requests, order medical records, label evidence, research cases, and organize documents in case file
  • Describe areas to assist attorneys in the trial process and post trial
  • Examine petitions regarding juvenile expungements


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

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Jan 08, 2024 to Mar 22, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (3 units) $575.00
Available for Credit
3 units
Section Notes

One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.

Students are required to purchase the textbooks below prior to the first class meeting. Textbooks can be purchased from the vendor of your choice.