Paralegal Specialist - Certificate
The Paralegal Specialist Certificate is a Post-Degree Certificate that provides students who already possess an associate or bachelor’s degree with the skills to conduct legal research, draft legal documents, interact with clients, other legal professionals, and the courts, analyze and comply with procedural issues, and implement detailed office procedures for the efficient handling of matters in specialized fields of law.
This is an accelerated one-year program option that allows students to complete their paralegal training in a shorter amount of time by transferring into the Paralegal Certificate Program 24 general education course credits from their previous degree. Students must be able to transfer in ENG 101, ENG 102, and Public Speaking (9 hours) in addition to 15 hours in at least three of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, English, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities, or Foreign Languages.
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).
Specific Admission Requirements for Program
- Completion of an Associate or Bachelor's degree
- Transferring Courses:
- No more than 50% of the transferring students’ legal specialty paralegal courses may be transferred from another institution. Each legal specialty course submitted for transfer consideration is evaluated by the program director.
- Transferability is based on course content, hours and modality of instruction, and the grade earned in the course by the student. College transcripts and syllabi are reviewed to determine whether acceptance of transfer credits is appropriate.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:
- Private-practice law firms
- Governmental offices and agencies
- Private sector corporations or companies
For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.
|In addition to the 36 credit hours below of LEG 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
|First Semester - Fall||Course Title||Semester
|LEG 132||Legal Bibliography||3|
|LEG 135||Introducation to Law and Ethics||3|
|LEG 201||Civil Litigation I||3|
|LEG 213||Family Law||3|
|Second Semester - Spring|
|LEG 202||Civil Litigation II||3|
|LEG 214||Property Law||3|
|LEG 230||Legal Writing||3|
|LEG 233||Wills, Trusts, and Probate||3|
|LEG 245||Real Estate Law I||3|
|Third Semester - Summer|
|LEG 242||Law Practice Workshop||3|
|LEG 252||Business Applications in the Law Office||3|
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS