Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies - Certificate

The Certificate in Paralegal Studies program is designed to give individuals a convenient and cost effective route to begin a new career as a paralegal. The program is appropriate for students who previously earned a college degree. Students will develop skills for organizing and managing case files, conducting legal research and drafting legal documents under the supervision of an attorney. The challenging curriculum combines legal theory and application in order to prepare students to perform the many functions of a paralegal in a law office, with the exception that they cannot give legal advice, appear in court, accept cases, or set fees. One of the strengths of the program is that the legal faculty consists of experienced attorneys who bring a practical and relevant perspective into the classroom.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Certificate of Paralegal Studies program must complete the following in order to be admitted to the program:

  • Meet South College Undergraduate Admissions requirements; and
  • Evidence satisfactory completion of a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts or science degree from an accredited postsecondary institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50. If any other degree was received, an evaluation of general education credits earned will be completed to ensure requirements have been met.

Certificate Core Courses

Students must complete all of the Core Courses (11 Courses – 4 quarter credit hours each - 44 quarter credit hours total).

  • BUS 1380 Business Law I
  • BUS 2380 Business Law II
  • LGS 1010 Introduction to Paralegalism
  • LGS 1030 Criminal Law
  • LGS 1040 Torts and Remedies
  • LGS 1050 Legal Research & Writing I
  • LGS 2010 Civil Litigation
  • LGS 2020 Domestic Law
  • LGS 2050 Real Estate Law
  • LGS 2060 Legal Research & Writing II
  • LGS 2070 Computers in the Legal Office

Certificate Elective Courses

Students must complete three (3) Elective Courses (3 courses – 4 quarter credit hours each - 12 quarter credit hours total).

LGS 2030 Estate Planning and Probate
LGS 2100 Paralegal Internship
AHS 1020 Basic Formations of the Human Body
SPN 1010 Basic Spanish
BUS 2230 Business Communications
ACC 1000 Accounting I

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* Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student. *

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