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Paralegal Technology

Curriculum Description

The Paralegal Technology curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks and assisting with substantive legal work. A paralegal/legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice or represent clients in a court of law.

Course work includes substantive and procedural legal knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts, and commercial law. Required courses also include subjects such as English, mathematics and computer utilization.

Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records searches, drafting and filing legal documents, research, and office management. Employment opportunities are available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies and other business organizations.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A25380
NC CIP: 22.0302
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
Fall Semester
LEX 110 Intro to Paralegal Study 2 0 0 2
LEX 130 Civil Injuries 3 0 0 3
LEX 240 Family Law 3 0 0 3
LEX 280 Ethics & Professionalism 2 0 0 2
OST 130 Comprehensive Keyboarding 2 2 0 3
Select one:
Introduction to Computers (2) (2) (0) (3)
  OR        
Basic PC Literacy 1 2 0 2
   
    13 4 0 15

Spring Semester
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3 0 0 3
LEX 150 Commercial Law I 2 2 0 3
LEX 250 Wills, Estates, & Trusts 2 2 0 3
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Mathematical Models NEW REQUISITE 2 2 0 3
  OR        
Survey of Mathematics NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
College Algebra NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    12 6 0 15

Summer Term
ACC 120 Prin of Financial Accounting 3 2 0 4
ENG 114 Prof Research & Reporting 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Paralegal Elective 1 ** ** ** 3
___ ___ Paralegal Elective 1 ** ** ** 3
   
    6 2 0 13

Fall Semester
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I 2 2 0 3
LEX 121 Legal Research/Writing II 2 2 0 3
LEX 210 Real Property I 3 0 0 3
OST 134 Text Entry & Formatting 2 2 0 3
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
   
    9 6 0 15

Spring Semester
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
  OR        
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
___ ___ Paralegal Elective 2 ** ** ** 3
   
    3 0 0 6

Total Credit Hours: 64

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

Keyboarding recommended at admission.

Paralegal Elective 1 – Select 6 credit hours: LEX 141, LEX 151, LEX 160, LEX 214, LEX 260

Paralegal Elective 2 – Select 3 credit hours: LEX 211, LEX 220, LEX 270, LEX 286, COE 111, COE 115, COE 121

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Select one: ART 111, ENG 131, ENG 231, ENG 241, ENG 273, HUM 110, HUM 121, HUM 220, PHI 240 or REL 110. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.