Legal Studies

The Legal Studies Department provides students with the academic skills needed to succeed in law-related careers. The degree programs offer a strong foundation in liberal arts and business and help students gain an extensive understanding of legal terminology as well as substantive and procedural law. The courses are designed to prepare students for careers as legal assistants, paralegals, administrative assistants, criminal justice, and many positions in the business world that require legal knowledge. The certificate programs are skill oriented and are for students who seek entry-level positions.

A degree in Legal Studies qualifies students to work in law offices, real estate, banking, estate planning, document preparation firms, governmental agencies, and law enforcement. Many students also use a degree in Legal Studies as a stepping stone to gain entrance into Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law, as well as other law schools. Within the Legal Studies department is the Criminal Justice program, introduced by the College in 2009.

Gainful Employment

For information about gainful employment and the Paralegal Certificate Program visit this link Certificate of Completion for Paralegal Studies .


Degrees Offered

Legal Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies
Associate in Arts in Legal Studies
Minor in Legal Studies
Paralegal Studies
Certificate of Completion in Paralegal Studies

Degree requirements are presented in the college catalog.

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Our faculty is what makes the difference.

Chad Wood

Mr. Wood is a partner at Willbanks & Wood, a professional law corporation. He is a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Political Science with a minor in English and has his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He has been practicing civil litigation for over 10 years in the Central Valley.

Jennifer McHenry

Mrs. McHenry attended California State University, Chico. She graduated Humphreys College with a Paralegal Certificate and Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies. She has worked as a paralegal since 2001 and currently works as a contract paralegal.

Kimberly Johnson

Mrs. Johnson graduated from UCLA and Golden State University School of Law. She is a Deputy County Counsel for San Joaquin County where she advises several county departments and represents the county in civil litigation.

Linda Swartz

Mrs. Swartz graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and from Humphreys College School of Law. Her qualifications include over twenty years of experience as an attorney, five years of experience as a legal assistant and six years of experience preparing and teaching a wide variety of legal studies courses at both the Stockton and Modesto campuses.

Mike Rishwain

Mr. Rishwain received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of the Pacific and Juris Doctorate from Humphreys College School of Law. He began practicing law in 1983 with the Stockton City Attorney's Office and retired from the city in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, he was the General Manager and Vice President of the Pam Companies, a residential developer of low income apartments and senior living facilities. He has been an adjunct Professor of Law for Paralegal Studies at Humphreys College since 1983.

Raymond Harter

Mr. Harter received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University, Long Beach and his Juris Doctorate from Humphreys College School of Law. He has worked as a military intelligence analyst and in law enforcement as a police officer and district attorney investigator for over 25 years. He has taught in the Legal Studies program for over 12 years.

Robert Garcia

Mr. Garcia graduated from Cal Poly SLO and UCLA Law School. He works at a Modesto-area law firm specializing in estate planning.

Kay Paden

Ms. Paden graduated from UC Berkeley and Golden Gate University School of Law. She is a retired Deputy District Attorney who concentrated on crimes against women and children. She is an adjunct professor at California State University, Stanislaus in the Criminal Justice Department and also teaches Criminal Justice courses at Humphreys College.

Suzi Treganza

Mrs. Treganza is the Office Manager at Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson, one of the oldest law firms in Stockton. She has worked in the legal field for over 35 years, beginning her career as a receptionist and literally, doing every non-attorney job in law firms of various sizes in California and Colorado. She is a graduate of Santa Monica City College and has been an adjunct professor at Humphreys for years.

Fatima Ibrahim

Mrs. Ibrahim is a graduate from Humphreys College, Lawrence Drivon School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate. She currently works in a Stockton-area law firm as a law clerk/paralegal.