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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.

Diploma

D25380 REVISED
NC CIP: 22.0302
Day and Evening
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 120 Legal Research/Writing I 2 2 0 3
LEX 121 Legal Research/Writing II 2 2 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
   
    11 8 0 15

Spring Semester
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3 0 0 3
OST 134 Text Entry & Formatting 2 2 0 3
___ ___ LEX Elective ** ** ** 2
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
  OR        
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    11 2 0 14

Summer Term
LEX 141 Civil Litigation II 2 2 0 3
___ ___ LEX Elective I ** ** 0 3
___ ___ LEX Elective I ** ** 0 3
___ ___ LEX Elective ** ** ** 2
   
    2 2 0 11

Total Credit Hours: 40

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

This program is open to students who have a 2 or 4 year degree from an accredited college or university. An official undergraduate transcript must be on file in order to register for any LEX course. Students may take courses in any order, but it is recommended that they complete LEX 110, LEX 120, and LEX 140 prior to taking other LEX courses. A diploma in Paralegal Technology is awarded by the college upon completion of this program.

A student must receive a grade of C or higher in any LEX course in order to receive credit for that course towards an Associate In Applied Science degree in Paralegal Technology or a diploma in Paralegal Technology.

LEX Electives - Select a minimum of 3 hours from: LEX 130, LEX 150, LEX 210, LEX 240, or LEX 250

LEX Electives - Select a minimum of 7 hours from: COE 111, COE 112, LEX 151, LEX 160, LEX 211, LEX 220, LEX 260, LEX 270, or LEX 286

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

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