Paralegal (AAS) | Technical College of the LowCountry

Paralegal: Associate of Applied Science

The Paralegal (PARA) associate degree program, subject to the guidelines of the American Bar Association (ABA), is designed to train individuals whose function is to assist the lawyer in the handling of routine matters and to assist in the conduct of more complicated and difficult legal matters. 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 paralegal.

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


General Education Requirements (18 credits)


Required Related Elective Course (3 credits):


Total Credits: 69

 

* Note: The following is a sample curriculum. There is flexibility within the program. Contact your advisor to discuss additional course options. Curriculum, courses and descriptions are subject to change. For official curriculum information, please consult the College Catalog.

First Year - Fall Semester

BUS 121
Credits: 3

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Select one of the following:

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Select one of the following:

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

First Year - Spring Semester (The following, plus one humanities elective):

LEG 120
Credits: 3
LEG 213
Credits: 3
LEG 214
Credits: 3

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

First Year - Summer Semester (The following, plus two electives):

LEG 231
Credits: 3

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Select one of the following:

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Second Year - Fall Semester

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Select one of the following:

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Second Year - Spring Semester

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Required Major Courses (18 credits):

BUS 121
Credits: 3
LEG 120
Credits: 3
LEG 213
Credits: 3
LEG 214
Credits: 3

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Required Related Courses (27 credits):

LEG 231
Credits: 3

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Select one LEG/BUS course and one CPT course:

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

Select one of the following:

*Credits are based on the course(s) selected

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