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.
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.
- 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.
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$22.87 average salary per hour.
$47,570 average salary per year.
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