Paralegal Studies

Overview

Study for an in-demand career in law as a paralegal. The Paralegal Studies Program at Midlands Technical College is designed for students who are seeking a flexible and affordable path to earning an ABA-approved paralegal degree for immediate employment in a legal environment. The Program is also designed for students who intend to transfer to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in legal studies and for those who intend to obtain a Juris Doctor degree.

The Paralegal Studies Associate Degree program is a 61-credit-hour program that prepares students to assist lawyers in carrying out their professional responsibilities. Working under the direct supervision of an attorney, the paralegal does research, prepares documents, and interviews clients. In addition to law firms and traditional legal environments, employment opportunities are available in diverse areas such as government agencies, courts, insurance companies, real estate companies, mortgage companies, banks, and more.

Legal specialty courses, which are taught by attorneys, judges, and doctorate-level legal educators, are specifically designed to provide students with practical paralegal skills and substantive legal theory.

Many of our legal specialty courses are project-based and offer hands-on, real, practical experience. Assignments may include analyzing hypotheticals, engaging in simulated litigation processes, drafting correspondence, pleadings, discovery, estate planning documents, deeds, and legal memoranda, analyzing documents, and conducting legal research. These learning experiences for students are provided in classrooms (daytime and/or evening) as well as online. 

Mission

The mission of the ABA-approved Paralegal Studies Program is to meet the evolving needs of the legal community and prepare students for employment as paraprofessionals by providing a comprehensive legal curriculum taught by experienced legal professionals that includes procedural and substantive law; ethics; and legal research, writing, and analysis.

Program Goals

The goal of the Paralegal Studies Program is to teach students the skills and knowledge they need to become effective and productive paraprofessionals in the public and private sectors through the integration of skills, knowledge, and ethical values. Program graduates will develop practical legal skills; acquire foundational knowledge in substantive areas of law; understand legal ethics and the role of the paralegal in the legal environment; understand legal concepts, legal terminology, and the court structure; understand legal writing, research, and analysis; and practice appropriate technology use in the legal environment.

In furtherance of said goals, the program will provide quality instruction that will promote student success in developing: 1) strong verbal and written communication skills; 2) requisite knowledge and practical skills experience in the curriculum; 3) technology skills needed for the profession; and 4) a strong sense of ethics and professionalism.

Paralegal Program Legal Specialty Course Transfer Policy

Upon a student’s admission to Midlands Technical College (澳门真人赌博开户正规网址) and enrollment in the Paralegal program, we review transfer credits and may accept up to two-thirds of the requisite number of legal specialty credits from regionally accredited, ABA-approved schools. This translates to as many as five legal specialty courses in the certificate program and seven legal specialty courses in the associate degree program.

Each legal specialty course submitted for transfer consideration is evaluated by the program director. Transferability is based on course content, hours of instruction, and the grade earned in the course by the student. College transcripts are reviewed to determine whether acceptance of transfer credits is appropriate.

Legal specialty courses cannot be accepted from a college that does not have regional accreditation. We may accept credits from non-ABA-approved schools if adequate evidence is provided to document that the course meets an appropriate level of academic rigor and compliance with ABA guidelines for paralegal education.

Basic typing skills are required for the successful completion of the program.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all legal courses for the grade to be counted toward graduation. This includes all courses with the LEG prefix.

Approvals and Affiliations

ABA Approved Paralegal Program

Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), our Paralegal Studies Program includes skilled instructors and nearly 50 years of educational excellence. Pursuant to ABA requirements, students must take at least nine (9) semester credits through synchronous instruction. Synchronous instruction includes traditional face-to-face courses as well as live virtual courses.

American Association for Paralegal Education

This Program is an Institutional Member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.

In the United States, paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public or engage in the practice of law, except as permitted by law.

Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Statement: Paralegals work under the supervision of a licensed attorney and are not authorized to practice law in South Carolina (S.C. Code § 40-5-310).

Unauthorized Practice of Law

In the United States, paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public or engage in the practice of law, except as permitted by law.

Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Statement: Paralegals work under the supervision of a licensed attorney and are not authorized to practice law in South Carolina (S.C. Code § 40-5-310).

How to Enroll

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(16 Credit Hours)
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

1
LEG-121 Business Law I

Business Law I

ID: LEG-121

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the basics of commercial law, with emphasis on the formation and enforcement of contracts and the rules particular to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and sales of goods.

3
LEG-135 Introduction to Law and Ethics

Introduction to Law and Ethics

ID: LEG-135

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a general introduction to law, including courts, legal terminology, procedures, systems, and laws of society. Emphasis is on ethics and the role of the paralegal in the legal system.

3
CPT-101 Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computers

ID: CPT-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers basic computer history, theory and applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and the operating system.

3
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

3
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
LEG-120 Torts

Torts

ID: LEG-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the various classifications and functions of tort law, including intentional and negligent torts, causation, proximate cause, and defenses.

3
LEG-122 Business Law II

Business Law II

ID: LEG-122

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an in-depth study of the Uniform Commercial Code with special emphasis on the essentials of Article 3, Commercial Paper, and Article 9, Secured Transactions. Business partnerships and corporations and their formation are studied.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
Semester 3
(15 Credit Hours)
LEG-132 Legal Bibliography

Legal Bibliography

ID: LEG-132

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the methods of legal research, proper citation of authority, use of legal treatises, texts, reporters, and digests. This course introduces students to the techniques and procedures of legal writing and analysis.

3
LEG-201 Civil Litigation I

Civil Litigation I

ID: LEG-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the principles of litigation and the rules of procedure for each court in the South Carolina system, including pleading, practice, and discovery procedures.

3
LEG-232 Law Office Management

Law Office Management

ID: LEG-232

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the basic principles of office management, including administrative procedures, client relations, and office operating procedures.

3
LEG-233 Wills, Trusts, and Probate

Wills, Trusts, and Probate

ID: LEG-233

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a detailed study of testacy and intestacy, preparation of wills and codicils, and fundamentals of trust and probate administration. Students probate a simple estate.

3
Approved LEG Elective 3
Semester 4
(15 Credit Hours)
LEG-213 Family Law

Family Law

ID: LEG-213

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an examination of the laws of marriage, divorce, annulment, separation, adoption, custody, and the juvenile.

3
LEG-214 Property Law

Property Law

ID: LEG-214

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an overview of South Carolina property law, including the mechanics of various commercial and private property transactions and mortgage foreclosures. Students are introduced to techniques and procedures examining titles to real property.

3
LEG-242 Law Practice Workshop

Law Practice Workshop

ID: LEG-242

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the application of substantive knowledge in a practical situation as a paralegal.

3
Approved HUM Elective 3
Approved LEG Elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 61
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,468.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(7 Credit Hours)
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

1
LEG-121 Business Law I

Business Law I

ID: LEG-121

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the basics of commercial law, with emphasis on the formation and enforcement of contracts and the rules particular to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and sales of goods.

3
LEG-135 Introduction to Law and Ethics

Introduction to Law and Ethics

ID: LEG-135

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a general introduction to law, including courts, legal terminology, procedures, systems, and laws of society. Emphasis is on ethics and the role of the paralegal in the legal system.

3
Semester 2
(9 Credit Hours)
CPT-101 Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computers

ID: CPT-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers basic computer history, theory and applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and the operating system.

3
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

3
Semester 3
(9 Credit Hours)
LEG-120 Torts

Torts

ID: LEG-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the various classifications and functions of tort law, including intentional and negligent torts, causation, proximate cause, and defenses.

3
LEG-122 Business Law II

Business Law II

ID: LEG-122

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an in-depth study of the Uniform Commercial Code with special emphasis on the essentials of Article 3, Commercial Paper, and Article 9, Secured Transactions. Business partnerships and corporations and their formation are studied.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
Semester 4
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
Semester 5
(9 Credit Hours)
LEG-132 Legal Bibliography

Legal Bibliography

ID: LEG-132

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the methods of legal research, proper citation of authority, use of legal treatises, texts, reporters, and digests. This course introduces students to the techniques and procedures of legal writing and analysis.

3
LEG-201 Civil Litigation I

Civil Litigation I

ID: LEG-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the principles of litigation and the rules of procedure for each court in the South Carolina system, including pleading, practice, and discovery procedures.

3
LEG-232 Law Office Management

Law Office Management

ID: LEG-232

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the basic principles of office management, including administrative procedures, client relations, and office operating procedures.

3
Semester 6
(6 Credit Hours)
LEG-233 Wills, Trusts, and Probate

Wills, Trusts, and Probate

ID: LEG-233

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a detailed study of testacy and intestacy, preparation of wills and codicils, and fundamentals of trust and probate administration. Students probate a simple estate.

3
Approved LEG Elective 3
Semester 7
(6 Credit Hours)
LEG-213 Family Law

Family Law

ID: LEG-213

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an examination of the laws of marriage, divorce, annulment, separation, adoption, custody, and the juvenile.

3
LEG-214 Property Law

Property Law

ID: LEG-214

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an overview of South Carolina property law, including the mechanics of various commercial and private property transactions and mortgage foreclosures. Students are introduced to techniques and procedures examining titles to real property.

3
Semester 8
(9 Credit Hours)
LEG-242 Law Practice Workshop

Law Practice Workshop

ID: LEG-242

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the application of substantive knowledge in a practical situation as a paralegal.

3
Approved HUM Elective 3
Approved LEG Elective 3
  Total Credit Hours 61
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,468.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Paralegal – Private Sector Law Firm

Work as a paralegal in a private-sector law firm. Paralegals can assist in almost every facet of the legal profession, from client interviews and communication to preparation of documents for litigation or transactional matters. Paralegals cannot give legal advice and work is done under the supervision of an attorney.

Projected Job Growth

+6.4%

Average Annual Salary

$45,964
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Law Firm

Careers

Paralegal (Government Sector)

Work as a Paralegal in the government sector. In the Midlands, paralegals are employed by the federal government, numerous state agencies, on a county level, and even by several cities and towns. Paralegals can assist in almost every facet of the legal profession, from client interviews and communication to preparation of documents for litigation or transactional matters. Paralegals cannot give legal advice and work is done under the supervision of an attorney.

Projected Job Growth

+6.4%

Average Annual Salary

$45,964
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • County Probate Courts
  • Federal and County Public Defender Offices
  • State Social Services Departments

What’s next after I complete this program?

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies

澳门真人赌博开户正规网址’s Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies articulates directly into a bachelor’s degree program after completion. Once you have earned this degree, you can consider transferring to a four-year institution and earning a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies or another law-related major. 澳门真人赌博开户正规网址 has articulation agreements with several four-year institutions that will accept general education courses and legal specialty courses from 澳门真人赌博开户正规网址 as transfer credits toward your new degree.

Pursue a Career as a Paralegal

If you already possess a bachelor’s degree and want to become a paralegal, you can select 澳门真人赌博开户正规网址’s post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate to prepare you for your paralegal career.

Continue Education Toward a Law Degree

Students wishing to pursue a degree in law will find this program covers many of the substantive law topics covered in a law school curriculum.  As such, a paralegal degree can help prepare you for success in law school. 

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