Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2025 Catalog Volume XXXI Ver 1 
    
2023-2025 Catalog Volume XXXI Ver 1

Paralegal Studies, AAS


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South College is currently not accepting applications and admitting new students for this program. 

Overview

The Paralegal Studies program is an ABA Approved Paralegal Education Program with the purpose of providing each paralegal student at South College with a quality, practical legal education in order to provide attorneys and the legal community with paralegals who are qualified, responsible, and professional. In keeping with the demands of professionalism, the Paralegal Studies program consists of specialized coursework and a 120-hour, supervised internship in selected legal settings - both public and private - such as real estate and title companies, bank and trust agencies, law firms, and judicial offices. Extensive practical training prepares graduates, under the supervision of an attorney, to perform many of the functions in a legal office, with the exception that they cannot give legal advice, appear in court, accept cases, or set fees. The program explores various ethical considerations for the paralegal and other members of the legal team in each course. This program is a North Carolina Bar Qualified Paralegal Studies Program. After successful completion of a voluntary state application and state examination, eligible graduates may apply to the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification Board for designation as a North Carolina Certified Paralegal (NCCP). Students are required to earn a minimum grade of “C” in all major courses.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome #1

Students will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental theoretical legal concepts necessary for an entry-level paralegal position under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.

Learning Outcome #2

Students will develop legal research, writing, and drafting skills necessary for an entry-level paralegal position under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.

Learning Outcome #3

Students will demonstrate knowledge of appropriate professional and ethical responsibilities as set forth in the rules of professional responsibility and other related guidelines, laws, and directives.

Admission

All students must minimally meet the requirements for general admission to South College. General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the program. Program admission is not granted until a student has successfully completed 8 hours in the major curriculum at South College, earning the minimum grades required by the program. PLS 1011   must be successfully completed.

The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies degree program is currently offered at the Asheville campus (Onground).

AAS Paralegal Studies Curriculum: 97.5 Credits


With Concentrations Below

Area I - Core Curriculum: 44 Credits


Communications


Computer Literacy


Humanities


  • Approved Humanities Elective Credits: 4.5

Mathematics


Personal Development


Science


  • Approved Science Elective Credits: 4

Social Science


  • Approved Social Science Elective Credits: 4.5

Written Communication


Area II - Major Curriculum: 54 Credits


* These courses are designated Legal Specialty courses in the Asheville AAS Paralegal Studies program.

Approved Paralegal Elective Credits: 4


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