Paralegal

The Paralegal program at Greenville Technical College is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and primarily taught by licensed attorneys in good standing in South Carolina. Many of our courses are project-oriented and offer hands-on experience, including litigation, title examination, and legal research.

The American Bar Association defines a paralegal as a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

Lawyers delegate many tasks to the paralegals who assist them with their work, which may include helping to prepare for real estate closings, interviews, hearings, mediation, trials and corporate meetings, and draft discovery, correspondence, and pleadings.

Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Statement: Paralegals work under the supervision of a licensed attorney and are not authorized to practice law in South Carolina (S.C. Code § 40-5-310).

A career you can count on

Paralegal graduates may find positions in

  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Government offices
  • Insurance companies
  • Mortgage departments

Information available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a good national overview of the paralegal profession.

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What you’ll learn in the program

  • The ethical requirements of a paralegal
  • Professional oral and written communication skills
  • A broad legal knowledge
  • The use of technology and professional skills needed to assist an attorney

Your connection to industry

Professional Organizations
American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE)
American Bar Association
Greenville County Bar Association 
National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
South Carolina Bar Association
South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association (SCUPA)

Your transfer connection

This program accepts limited transfers from other paralegal programs, with credits earned at an accredited and ABA-approved program. Transfers are also subject to rules of currency and quality based upon an analysis by the department head, whose decision is final.

Program details and courses

Paralegal
Associate in Applied Science

This program will train students to perform factual research, legal research, conduct interviews and to review, analyze and draft documents. The Paralegal Associate in Applied Science, (AAS.LEG) requires 64 credit hours and takes about five semesters. The Associate Degree is also available to students with a bachelor's degree (AAS.LEG.APLA) on a fast-track which requires about 43 credit hours and can be completed in 12 months.

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Paralegal Certification Program

Professional certification for paralegals is becoming increasingly important, and Greenville Technical College is at the forefront of preparing students for this recognition. The program encourages certification by requiring all students to complete a review course for the Certified Paralegal exam offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). In addition, Greenville Technical College’s Paralegal Program has been approved by NALA to be a testing site for the exam. Testers now take the CP exam electronically, and it will be administered free of charge on campus over the course of two days during each month the exam is offered: January, May, and September. For more information about the Certified Paralegal Exam, go to www.nala.org and click on certification.

Accreditation

Greenville Technical College 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 Greenville Technical College.