The Cuesta College Paralegal Degree Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful paralegal. A paralegal is a trained specialist who performs a wide variety of legal tasks, including legal research, assisting with clients, assisting with case investigation, assisting with witness preparation, assisting at trial, law office management, and legal document preparation in a variety of legal and business settings.

The Cuesta College Paralegal Degree Program fully complies with the California Business and Professions Code requirements for employment as paralegals and legal document assistants. The Paralegal Program is also designed to help students prepare for NALA (National Association of Legal Assistants) certification and is a first step towards CACPS (Commission for Advanced California Paralegal Specialization) certification as well.