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? If you have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and have some previous paralegal experience,  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 $46,080, according to 2021 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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    TCL’s paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association.


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


    The S.C. annual mean wage for paralegals is $46,080.


    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.


    Tuition: 30 credits x $214 per credit = $6,420.*

    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 2022 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.


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

    Laura Dukes

    Program Director


    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

    Laura Dukes

    Dean, Business and Industrial Technologies


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 14, Rm. 118


    Brian McDaniel

    Paralegal Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 16, Rm. 132