Paralegal Post Baccalaureate Diploma
Study Hours: 36-37
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.
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.
Paralegal Technology: Approved by the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610; Telephone: (312) 988-5000; Website: www.abanet.org. Qualified Paralegal Education program through the North Carolina State Bar, 208 Fayetteville Street-PO Box 25908, Raleigh, NC 27611-5908; Telephone: (919)828-4620;
Note: In order to be awarded a degree from CCC in Paralegal Technology, a student must complete at least 25 percent of required “LEX” courses at CCC.
The goal of the Paralegal Technology Program at Carteret Community College is to train highly skilled legal assistants to assist lawyers in the delivery of legal services to their clients. Our curriculum is designed to meet our Program goals:
- Prepare Graduates for entry level positions in a legal setting.
- Graduates will be proficient in the drafting of simple legal documents.
- Graduates will be proficient in the fundamental concepts of substantive areas of law covered in the curriculum.
- Graduates will be able to manage practical ethical dilemmas commonly encountered by working paralegals, including how to avoid the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers.