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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 the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A25380 REVISED
NC CIP: 22.0302
Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2016

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
LEX 110 Intro to Paralegal Study Requisite 2 0 0 2
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I Requisite 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CIS 110
OR
Introduction to Computers REVISED 2016FA Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (2) (2) (0) (3)
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy Requisite 1 2 0 2
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 7

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
OST 130 Comprehensive Keyboarding Requisite 2 2 0 3
___ ___ Paralegal Elective 1 ** ** ** 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MAT 110
OR
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy Requisite 2 2 0 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite (2) (2) (0) (3)
Totals

Class Hours: 4
Lab/Shop Hours: 4
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 9

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
LEX 280 Ethics & Professionalism Requisite 2 0 0 2
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Comprehensive Articulation Agreement ** ** 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 5
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 8

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I Requisite 2 2 0 3
LEX 150 Commercial Law I Requisite 2 2 0 3
LEX 240 Family Law Requisite 3 0 0 3
OST 134 Text Entry & Formatting Requisite 2 2 0 3
___ ___ Paralegal Elective 1 ** ** ** 3
Totals

Class Hours: 9
Lab/Shop Hours: 6
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 15

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
LEX 121 Legal Research/Writing II Requisite 2 2 0 3
LEX 250 Wills, Estates, & Trusts Requisite 2 2 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 4
Lab/Shop Hours: 4
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 6

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 114 Prof Research & Reporting Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
LEX 210 Real Property I Requisite 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
PSY 118
OR
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
Totals

Class Hours: 9
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 9

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ACC 120 Prin of Financial Accounting Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 2 0 4
LEX 130 Civil Injuries Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 7

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
___ ___ Paralegal Elective 2 ** ** ** 3
Totals

Class Hours: 0
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3

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)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

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.

The North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification has designated the Forsyth Technical Community College Paralegal degree and diploma programs as NC Qualified Paralegal Studies Programs. This designation qualifies all graduates of the degree and diploma programs to take the NCCP exam, provided they have taken at least 10 semester credit hours of legal education, or the equivalent, of classroom instruction (live, real-time, simultaneous broadcast via satellite or webinar).

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.

Keyboarding recommended at admission.

LEX Elective 1 – Select 3 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 286WBL 111, WBL 115, WBL 121

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

A25380 REVISED