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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. 

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.

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


Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Private-practice law firms
  • Governmental offices or agencies
  • Private sector corporations or companies.
SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM:
  • Completion of an Associate or Bachelor's degree
  • 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.

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 (CRJ) courses are offered only once each year, so following the recommended course sequence is extremely important.
 

Curriculum Sequence

In addition to the 40 credit hours below 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 Public Speaking                                                                            3 
and
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. 
Computer skills are required for any paralegal position. It is strongly recommended that students without recent computer training take CPT 101.
First Semester - Fall    
LEG 120 Torts 3
LEG 135 Introduction to Law and Ethics 3
LEG 201 Civil Litigation I 3
LEG 233 Wills, Trusts, and Probate 3
  TOTAL 12
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
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
LEG 213 Family Law 3
LEG 230 Legal Writing 3
LEG 242 Law Practice Workshop 3
LEG 252 Business Applications in the Law Office 3
  TOTAL  12
 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

39