Paralegal Technology

Paralegal Technology DegreeParalegal Technology Certificate

Paralegal Technology

The Paralegal Technology curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks and assisting with substantive legal work. A paralegal/legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice, or represent clients in a court of law.

Course work includes substantive and procedural legal knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts, and commercial law. Required courses also include subjects such as English, mathematics, and computer utilization.

Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records search, drafting and filing legal documents, research, and office management. Employment opportunities are available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies, and other business organizations.

Surry Community College is designated as a Qualified Paralegal Studies Program by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification.

Courses

Course Course Name LEC LAB CREDIT
Total Credits Total Credits NA
Fall Semester Fall Semester
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 0 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
LEX 110 Intro to Paralegal Study 2 0 0 2
LEX 120 Legal Res and Writing I 2 2 0 3
LEX 160 Criminal Law and Proced 2 2 0 3
OST 131 Keyboarding 1 2 0 2
OST 137
 
CIS 110
Office Software Apps
or
Intro to Computers
2 2 0 3
Spring Semester Spring Semester
LEX 121 Legal Res and Writing II 2 2 0 3
LEX 130 Civil Injuries 3 0 0 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3 0 0 3
LEX 150 Commercial Law 2 2 0 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
OST 134 Text Entry and Formatting 2 2 0 3
Fall Semester Fall Semester
ENG 112 Writing/Res in Disciplines 3 0 0 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 0 3
LEX 141 Civil Litigation II 2 2 0 3
LEX 210 Real Property I 3 0 0 3
LEX 240 Family Law 3 0 0 3
LEX 260 Bankruptcy and Collection 3 0 0 3
Spring Semester Spring Semester
BUS 260 Business Communications 3 0 0 3
LEX 211 Real Property II 1 4 0 3
LEX 250 Wills, Estates, and Trusts 2 2 0 3
LEX 280 Ethics and Professionalism 2 0 0 2
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 0 3
WBL 111
 
ACC 120
Work-Based Learning I*
or
Princ of Financial Accounting I
0 10 0 1

Also Offered

Humanities/Fine Arts: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, ART 116, ART 118, ART 283, DRA 111, DRA 126, ENG 131, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 233, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 261, ENG 262, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 122, HUM 130, HUM 220, MUS 110, MUS 112, MUS 210, PHI 240, REL 110, REL 211, REL 212 or REL 221.

Social/Behavioral Sciences: ANT 210, ANT 220, ANT 240, ECO 151, ECO 251, ECO 252, GEO 111, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, HIS 132, POL 110, POL 120, PSY 118, PSY 150, PSY 239, PSY 241, PSY 281, SOC 210, SOC 213, SOC 220, SOC 225 or SOC 230.

Courses

Course Course Name LEC LAB CREDIT
Total Credits Total Credits NA

Litigation Concentration Courses

Course Course Name LEC LAB CREDIT
Total Credits Total Credits NA
Fall Fall
LEX 120 Legal Res and Writing I 2 2 0 3
LEX 160 Criminal Law and Proced 2 2 0 3
LEX 240 Family Law 3 0 0 3
Spring Spring
LEX 130 Civil Injuries 3 0 0 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3 0 0 3
LEX 280 Ethics and Professionalism 2 0 0 2

Real Property Concentration Courses

Course Course Name LEC LAB CREDIT
Total Credits Total Credits NA
Fall Fall
LEX 110 Intro to Paralegal Study 2 0 0 2
LEX 120 Legal Res and Writing I 2 2 0 3
LEX 210 Real Property I 3 0 0 3
Spring Spring
LEX 150 Commercial Law 2 2 0 3
LEX 211 Real Property II 1 4 0 3
LEX 250 Wills, Estates, and Trusts 2 2 0 3
The Paralegal Technology - Litigation certificate is offered to high school students through the Career and College Promise program (C25380AX).
The Paralegal Technology - Real Property certificate is offered to high school students through the Career and College Promise program (C25380BX).

CEU Classes

Additional Classes

Learning Outcomes

  • Master a working knowledge of fundamental concepts in the law
  • Effectively develop computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Understand the legal and ethical principles that guide paralegal conduct and will demonstrate the ability to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas in the workplace.
  • Be able to research statutes and case law and apply them to problems that require legal analysis
  • Be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral formats.

Estimated Cost

Certificate In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $1,382.25 $4,646.25
Books and Supplies $1,162.50 $1,162.50
Total Cost $2,544.75 $5,808.75

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Program Contact(s)

Selina Dougherty
Lead Instructor - Paralegal
(336) 386-3257
doughertys@surry.edu

Shelia Martin
Division Chair - Business Technologies
(336) 386-3352
martins@surry.edu

Program Facts


$22.87 average salary per hour.

$47,570 average salary per year.

Sources for salary information obtained from O*NET. Salaries may vary for reasons including but not limited to years of experience, place of employment, and specific occupations within each industry.