THE NEXT LEVEL
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.
Students must take at least nine (9) semester credit hours of required Paralegal Studies Legal Specialty courses through synchronous instruction, which can include the traditional class format as well as other remote synchronous formats.
With regard to the Legal Specialty Courses needed to earn this degree, The Technical College of the Lowcountry will only consider for transfer credit those Paralegal Studies Legal Specialty courses earned at ABA Approved schools.
*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law, per S.C. Code Ann. § 40-5-310, and must work under the supervision of an attorney in good standing with the State Bar of South Carolina.
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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 $52,060.
Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598
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.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“The American Bar Association approval helps graduates get careers here in the Lowcountry and across the country.”