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

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.