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Paralegal SpecParalegal Specialist - Certificate

Admission to the Paralegal Specialist program, which prepares students for a Paralegal career, requires prior completion of an associate's or bachelor's degree. The Paralegal Specialist certificate provides students with the skills and abilities 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 Specialist certificate program is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). 

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.

For more information about gainful employment, visit http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

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    
    LEG 120 Torts 3
    LEG 121 Business Law I 3
    LEG 135 Introduction to Law and Ethics 3
    LEG 201 Civil Litigation I 3
    LEG 233 Wills, Trusts, and Probate 3
    Second Semester - Spring    
    LEG 132 Legal Bibliography 3
    LEG 202 Civil Litigation II 3
    LEG 212 Workers Compensation 3
       or    
    LEG 231 Criminal Law  
    LEG 214 Property Law 3
    LEG 245 Real Estate Law I 3
    Third Semester - Summer    
    LEG 213 Family Law 3
    LEG 230 Legal Writing 3
    LEG 252 Business Applications in the Law Office 3
    LEG 269 Paralegal Capstone Course 1
     

    TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

    40

    In addition to the above 40 credit hours of legal specialty courses required, the student must transfer in or complete the following 24 credit hours in order to receive the Paralegal Certificate:
       
    Additional Courses Required
      24
    ENG 101
    English Composition I 3
    ENG 102
    English Composition II 3
    SPC 205, and
    Public Speaking 3
    Fifteen (15) Semester Hours or the equivalent of General Education in three of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, English, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities, or Foreign Language.
      15
    Computer skills are required for any paralegal position. It is strongly recommended that students without recent computer training take CPT 101.
       
    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 and the courses must be substantially similar tothat of the course description contained within Horry Georgetown Technical College’s catalog. However, no legal specialty courses will be transferable into Horry Georgetown Technical College, regardless of American Bar Association Approval status, if the courses were completed by the student more than five years from the date of transfer.