The Technical College of the Lowcountry paralegal program recently received reapproval by the American Bar Association, securing TCL’s spot as one of only nine South Carolina colleges and universities to hold ABA approval.
“Happy. Ecstatic. I am especially excited for our students,” said paralegal program director Laura Dukes.
The ABA is the most respected national legal association and seeks to foster high-quality programs through its approval process.
TCL’s program was initially ABA approved in 2001 and goes through reapproval every seven years. The extensive process includes the submission of hundreds of pages of documents and a two-day examination of the instructors, courses and facilities by a committee selected by the ABA.
ABA approval helps program graduates get careers.
“Because of our ABA approval, our students can go to any city in any state and the attorneys they are interviewing with will immediately know they are coming from a highly qualified program,” Dukes said.
Paralegals assist lawyers in handling all aspects of the legal practice. Under the direct supervision of an attorney, paralegals create legal documents, interview witnesses, research legal issues, and gather and prepare evidence and other materials needed in trials and for client representation.
TCL offers a paralegal associate degree program that can be completed in five semesters and a post-degree certificate program that can be completed in two semesters. Coursework ranges from business law to torts to legal research and writing. General education courses such as English, algebra and public speaking round out the curriculum.
An internship and capstone course provide students with real-world, hands-on experience, helping them build a strong resume. Most courses are transferable to colleges and universities in and out of state.
“Most students go right into the career field, while others go on to complete a four-year degree or even go to law school,” said Dukes.
For more information, please visit www.tcl.edu/paralegal.
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