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Program Overview

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.

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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.

Program Contacts:

Selina Dougherty

Lead Instructor - Paralegal

Degree Curriculum

Fall Semester

ACA-111 College Student Success 1
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
LEX-110 Intro to Paralegal Study 2
LEX-120 Legal Research/Writing I 3
LEX-160 Criminal Law & Procedure 3
OST-131 Keyboarding 2
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3

Spring Semester

LEX-121 Legal Research/Writing II 3
LEX-130 Civil Injuries 3
LEX-140 Civil Litigation I 3
LEX-150 Commercial Law I 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3
OST-134 Text Entry & Formatting 3

Fall Semester

ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
LEX-141 Civil Litigation II 3
LEX-210 Real Property I 3
LEX-240 Family Law 3
LEX-260 Bankruptcy and Collections 3

Spring Semester

BUS-260 Business Communication 3
LEX-211 Real Property II 3
LEX-250 Wills, Estates, & Trusts 3
LEX-280 Ethics & Professionalism 2
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
ACC-120 Principles of Financial Accounting 4
OR
WBL-111 Work-Based Learning I 1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Select one course from the following: HUM-115, HUM-122, or HUM-220

Social Science Elective – Select one course from the following: SOC-210, PSY-150, or POL-120

Total credits needed to graduate: 68 Hours

Certificate Curriculum

Total credits needed to graduate: 0 Hours

The Paralegal Technology - Litigation certificate is offered to high school students through the Career and College Promise program (C25380AX).


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.

Program Costs

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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