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ParalegalLegal Assistant/Paralegal - Associate in Applied Science

The Associate in Applied Science in Legal Assistant/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. 

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, contact:

Chuck Splawn (843) 477-2015

Credit Requirements: 67 semester credit hours | See Program Requirements»


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.

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).

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

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

    Curriculum Sequence

    First Semester - Fall    
    ENG 101 English Composition I 3
    HIS 201 American History: Discovery to 1877 3
       or    
    HIS 202 American History: 1877 to Present  
    LEG 120 Torts 3
    LEG 135 Introduction to Law & Ethics 3
    LEG 201 Civil Litigation I 3
    Second Semester - Spring    
    CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
    ENG 102 English Composition II 3
    LEG 132 Legal Bibliography 3
    LEG 214 Property Law 3
    MAT 110 College Algebra 3
       or    
    MAT 120 Probability & Statistics  
    Third Semester - Summer    
    LEG 213 Family Law 3
    LEG 230 Legal Writing 3
    LEG 252 Business Applications in the Law Office 3
    Fourth Semester - Fall    
    LEG 121 Business Law 3
    LEG 202 Civil Litigation II 3
    LEG 233 Wills, Trusts, and Probate 3
    PSY 201 General Psychology 3
    SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
    Fifth Semester - Spring    
    LEG 212 Workers Compensation 3
       or    
    LEG 231 Criminal Law  
    LEG 242 Law Practice Workshop (Internship) 3
    LEG 245 Real Estate Law I 3
    LEG 269 Paralegal Capstone Course 1
    PSC 201 American Government 3
     

    TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

    67

    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.