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2016-2017 Technical College of the Lowcountry - Catalog/Student Handbook 
2016-2017 Technical College of the Lowcountry - Catalog/Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal (AAS)

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(Approved by the American Bar Association)

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Major: Paralegal
Minimum Credits Required for Graduation: 69

Program Description: 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.

Credits 18

Required Related Elective Course

Students, with the advice and consent of their advisor, must complete 3 semester hours from the following:

Credits 3

Elective: Credits 3


* All prerequisites must be satisfied prior to enrollment in course. Request for a waiver of prerequisite must be made in writing and will only be granted in extraordinary circumstances. Waiver must be approved by instructor and program director.

Sample Curriculum - Paralegal

Please see your advisor for possible course substitutions.

Credits 15

First Year - Summer Semester

Credits 12

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