The goals of the Paralegal Associate Degree in Applied Science program are to offer a concentrated program of study to:

  • Prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be qualified paralegals.
  • Prepare students for careers as paralegals working under the direct supervision of attorneys in public and private sectors.
  • Prepare students who can perform effectively in a variety of legal settings and who can adapt to the changing legal environment.

A paralegal/legal assistant may not practice law, give advice, or represent clients in a court of law.

The Paralegal Associate Degree program is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide students with a general education that includes oral and written communications, computational skills, and an awareness and knowledge of the humanities and social sciences.
  • Provide students with knowledge of the roles and functions of a lawyer, the roles and functions of the paralegal, and law practice methods in a variety of settings in which paralegals work.
  • Give students an understanding of the court system and the process of civil and criminal litigation.
  • Provide students with substantive knowledge in different areas of law practice.
  • Prepare students with knowledge and procedures for conducting legal research and preparing legal documents in a minimum of three areas of law practice.
  • Provide students with an understanding of the rules of professional conduct governing lawyers and paralegals.
  • Provide law office management skills which include computer, legal research, and client interviewing skills.

The Paralegal Associate Degree program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having met all curriculum requirements necessary for training qualified paralegals.

The Paralegal Associate Degree program requires at least a grade of “C” in ALL legal (LEG prefix) classes to graduate from the program.

Program Specific Residency Requirements:

The Associate in Applied Science – Major in Paralegal program requires that at least 50% of the Legal Specialty Courses must be taken at Central Carolina Technical College.

This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Law, Public Service, and Corrections & Security.


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Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the College. The developmental courses are MAT 013 and RWR 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:

General Education Core Requirements - 18 Credit Hours

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Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

FALL SEMESTER - FIRST YEAR

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Course Title
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Lab Hours
Credit Hours

SPRING SEMESTER - FIRST YEAR

Course Code
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Lab Hours
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FALL SEMESTER - SECOND YEAR

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

LEG 120

3

3

Note(s): *LEG 120, 132, 212, Must also take a Department Approved Elective

SPRING SEMESTER - SECOND YEAR

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

LEG 213

3

3

LEG 214

3

3

SUMMER SEMESTER - SECOND YEAR

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Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

LEG 230

3

3

or

Departmental Approved Electives

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Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

Approved Computer Elective

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