About the Program

The Paralegal Studies Certificate program is an eight-course, 24-credit-hour program that prepares students to assist lawyers in carrying out their professional responsibilities. Working under the direct supervision of the attorney, the paralegal does research, prepares documents and interviews clients. Employment opportunities are also available in such diverse areas as insurance, real estate, mortgage companies, government agencies, courts and banks. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

This program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Learning experiences for students in the Paralegal Studies program are provided in classrooms on the Airport and Beltline campuses as well as online.

Click here to learn more about the Paralegal profession.

Click here to view the program plan for the Paralegal Studies certificate program.

Click here to view links to paralegal organizations.

Paralegal Program Legal Specialty Course Transfer Policy

Upon a student’s admission to Midlands Technical College (MTC) 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. In addition, each student must complete a minimum of ten credit hours of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.

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.

Special Requirements

To enter the program, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. To be successful in this field, students should possess strong communication and computer/word processing skills.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all of the courses for the grade to be counted toward graduation.

Courses

Major Course Requirements Show

IDClass TitleCH
LEG-120 Torts 3
LEG-121 Business Law I 3
LEG-132 Legal Bibliography 3
LEG-135 Introduction to Law and Ethics 3
LEG-201 Civil Litigation I 3
LEG-232 Law Office Management 3
  Approved LEG Electives 6
 Credit Hours24
 Total Credit Hours24
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