Public Service Technology

Paralegal - Associate in Applied Science

 

Natasha Hanna, HGTC Student Success Story.

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

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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.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer requirements for senior colleges/universities vary widely; visit www.sctrac.org for specific information. The transfer courses in this display should be regarded only as suggested courses. Each student is responsible for planning a program of study to meet the requirements of the senior college or university to which the student expects to transfer. Therefore, a student planning to transfer the first two years from HGTC to a senior college or university should visit www.hgtc.edu/academics/university_transfer.html or www.sctrac.org or obtain a copy of that institution’s catalog. For specific transfer opportunities, contact the department chair.

 
Specific Admission Requirements for Program
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • No more than 50% of the transferring student’s legal specialty paralegal courses may be transferred from another institution. The transferring institution’s 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.  It is strongly recommended that students without recent computer training, and who cannot pass the READI test, take CPT 101 or CPT 170.

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
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
PCS 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 
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