About the Program
The Paralegal Studies Associate Degree program is a 60-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. 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.
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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.
Basic typing skills are required for successful completion of the program.
Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all of the courses offered within the Business and Public Services Department for the grade to be counted toward graduation. Specifically, these include courses with the following prefixes: ACC, BAF, BUS, LEG, MGT, and MKT.
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