THE NEXT LEVEL


Expand your law office skills, and get to work as a paralegal.

Are you looking to take your law office job to the next level? TCL’s Paralegal Specialist certificate program is designed for students like you.

Paralegals, under the supervision of a lawyer, conduct research, prepare documents and perform substantive legal tasks. Paralegals work in law offices, inside courtrooms and in other government and business settings. The S.C. annual mean wage for paralegals is $46,690, according to 2020 reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Program


TCL’s Paralegal Specialist Certificate, which is approved by and subject to the guidelines of the American Bar Association (ABA), can be completed in as little as two full-time semesters. Study focuses on general information about court systems and the functions of a paralegal with emphasis on the practical performance of paralegal duties.

*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

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    WELL RESPECTED

    TCL’s paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association.

    BEST IN CLASS

    It is one of only nine S.C. colleges and universities to hold ABA approval.

    A GREAT CAREER

    The S.C. annual mean wage for paralegals is $46,690.

    ACCREDITATION


    Paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association
    321 North Clark Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598
    Phone: 800-285-2221

    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

    PROGRAM COST


    Tuition: 30 credits x $200 per credit = $6,000.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2021 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary; all subject to change.

    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


    “The American Bar Association approval helps graduates get careers here in the Lowcountry and across the country.”

    Laura Dukes

    Program Director

    FAQS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    The Career & Educational Opportunities

    A graduate of the Paralegal Program, working directly under the supervision of a practicing attorney*, should be able to:

    • Apply knowledge of the law and legal procedures in drafting legal documents and papers
    • Exercise judgment, work independently, and meet deadlines with respect to assigned tasks
    • Prepare and/or summarize a variety of legal documents and pleadings for review by attorneys
    • Select and compile technical and factual information, including legal research to be used in the assigned legal matter
    • Conduct client and witness interviews and investigations utilizing the information from the above activities
    • Analyze procedural problems and recommend appropriate courses of action and legal solutions
    • Practice and maintain the ethical and legal responsibilities of a legal assistant.

    *Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

    Is this program right for you?

    The program is a great fit for those who:

    • Exercise judgment, work independently, and meet deadlines with respect to assigned tasks
    • Have basic law office knowledge and skills.

    Program Dean


    Shunda Ware

    Dean, Business and Industrial Technologies

    843-525-8238

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 14, Rm. 118

    Instructors


    Laura Dukes

    Paralegal Instructor

    843-525-8235

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 2, Rm. 235

    Brian McDaniel

    Paralegal Instructor

    843-470-6025

    New River Campus, Bldg. 50, Rm 210