Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2025 Catalog Volume XXXI Ver 1 
2023-2025 Catalog Volume XXXI Ver 1

Paralegal Studies, Certificate

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The Certificate in Paralegal Studies Program is designed to give individuals a convenient and cost-effective route to begin a new career as a paralegal. The program is appropriate for students who previously earned an associate or baccalaureate degree. Students will develop skills for organizing and managing case files, conducting legal research and drafting legal documents under the supervision of an attorney. The challenging curriculum combines legal theory and application in order to prepare students to perform the many functions of a paralegal in a law office, with the exception that they cannot give legal advice, appear in court, accept cases, or set fees. One of the strengths of the program is that the legal faculty consists of experienced attorneys who bring a practical and relevant perspective into the classroom. Students are required to earn a minimum grade of “C” in all coursework.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental theoretical legal concepts necessary for an entry-level paralegal under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.
  2. Develop legal research, writing, and drafting skills necessary for an entry- level paralegal position under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate professional and ethical responsibilities as set forth in the Tennessee Rules of Professional Responsibility and other related guidelines, laws, and directives.


Applicants to the Certificate of Paralegal Studies program must be general admitted to South College and complete the following in order to be admitted to the program:

  • Evidence satisfactory completion of a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts or science degree from an accredited postsecondary institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50. If any other degree was received, an evaluation of general education credits earned will be completed to ensure requirements have been met.

The Certificate in Paralegal Studies program is currently offered at the Knoxville campus (Onground).

Certificate Paralegal Studies Curriculum: 58 Credits

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