Paralegal | Horry Georgetown Technical College

Paralegal - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Grand Strand

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(843) 349-5277

Paralegal

The Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal degree is a well-rounded education for students seeking a Paralegal career. HGTC's Paralegal program prepares students to work under the direct supervision of an attorney to conduct documentary and legal research, draft legal documents, recommend solutions for procedural problems, and implement detailed office procedures for the efficient handling of specialized fields of law. 

Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Statement: Paralegals must work under the supervision of a licensed attorney and are not authorized to practice law in South Carolina (S.C. Code § 40-5-310). 

HGTC's Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).  

For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

For more information, contact:
Donna McQueen - (843) 477-2006

Kathryn 'Kif' Cook - (843) 477-1012


Career Outlook

The paralegal job is a wonderful way to gain expertise and experience in the legal profession and to grow into a capable professional with a vast array of opportunities and career paths. Paralegals and legal assistants are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments, or government agencies. They usually work full time, and overtime is sometimes needed to meet important deadlines.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Private-practice law firms
  • Governmental offices or agencies
  • Private sector corporations or companies.

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Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • No more than 50% of the transferring students legal specialty paralegal courses may be transferred from another institution. The transferring institutions paralegal program must be approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the courses must be substantially similar to that of the course description contained within the HGTC college catalog. However, no legal specialty courses will be transferable into HGTC, regardless of American Bar Association Approval status, if the courses were completed by the student more than 5 years from the date of transfer.
  • Computer skills are required for any paralegal position.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
A minimum grade of C or better is required for all LEG-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. Most Paralegal (LEG) courses are offered only once each year, so following the recommended course sequence is extremely important.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
LEG 120 Torts 3
LEG 121 Business Law 3
LEG 232 Law Office Management 3
TOTAL 12
Second Semester - Spring
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
LEG 212 Workers Compensation 3
or 3
LEG 231 Criminal Law
LEG 214 Property Law 3
PSC 201 American Government 3
TOTAL 12
Third Semester - Summer
HIS 201 American History: Discovery to 1877 3
or
HIS 202 American History: 1877 to Present
LEG 135 Introduction to Law and Ethics 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
TOTAL 9
Fourth Semester - Fall
LEG 132 Legal Bibliography 3
LEG 201 Civil Litigation I 3
LEG 213 Family Law 3
LEG 233 Wills, Trusts and Probate 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
TOTAL 15
Fifth Semester - Spring
LEG 202 Civil Litigation II 3
LEG 230 Legal Writing 3
LEG 245 Real Estate Law I
MAT 110 College Algebra 3
or
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics
TOTAL 12
Sixth Semester - Summer
LEG 242 Law Practice Workshop (Internship) 3
LEG 252 Business Applications in the Law Office 3
TOTAL 6

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

66