Paralegal - Associate in Applied Science Degree
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.
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 Office of Career Services 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
|Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
|First Semester - Fall||Course Title||Semester
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3|
|LEG 135||Introduction to Law and Ethics||3|
|LEG 232||Law Office Management||3|
|Second Semester - Spring|
|ENG 102||English Composition II||3|
|LEG 233||Wills, Trusts and Probate||3|
|LEG 214||Property Law||3|
|PSC 201||American Government||3|
|Third Semester - Summer|
|HIS 201||American History: Discovery to 1877||3|
|HIS 202||American History: 1877 to Present|
|LEG 121||Business Law||3|
|PSY 201||General Psychology||3|
|Fourth Semester - Fall|
|LEG 132||Legal Bibliography||3|
|LEG 201||Civil Litigation I||3|
|LEG 212||Workers Compensation||3|
|LEG 231||Criminal Law|
|LEG 213||Family Law||3|
|SPC 205||Public Speaking||3|
|Fifth Semester - Spring|
|LEG 202||Civil Litigation II||3|
|LEG 230||Legal Writing||3|
|LEG 245||Real Estate Law I||3|
|MAT 110||College Algebra||3|
|MAT 120||Probability and Statistics|
|MAT 155||Contemporary Mathematics|
|Sixth Semester - Summer|
|LEG 242||Law Practice Workshop (Internship)||3|
|LEG 252||Business Applications in the Law Office||3|
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS