Paralegal Technology

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Diploma, Certificate Programs
  • Certificates - Business Practice
  • Certificate – Family Law
  • Certificate – Litigation
  • Certificate – Personal Injury
  • Certificate – Real Property
  • Certificate – Wills and Estate Administration
  • AAS Day/Evening Program: 5 semesters day; 8 semesters night
  • Diploma Program: 3 semesters
  • Certificate Programs: 2 semesters

Career 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, except as permitted by Federal law or regulations.

Careers Available

Paralegal opportunities are available in law firms, government agencies, the court systems, and private businesses throughout the area. Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work,
investigations, public records searches, drafting and filing legal documents, research, and office management.

Entry-Level Salary

  • $26,000 – $34,000/yr.

Course of Study

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. A one-semester internship providing work experience in a law-related location is available for degree seeking students.

Recommended Courses and Skills

English, psychology, accounting, and computer applications.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Willingness to read and work hard, interest in the law, ability to study and grasp abstract concepts, effective communication skills, strong sense of responsibility and ability to manage time effectively.

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Paralegal Technology Program, contact Warren C. Hodges, Esquire, Department Chair/Program Coordinator, at 336.734.7276 or whodges@forsythtech.edu.