The South College Certificate in Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs offered at the Asheville campus are approved by the American Bar Association and are North Carolina Bar Qualified Programs. Graduates who successfully complete the optional state examination may apply to become North Carolina Bar Certified Paralegals (North Carolina State Bar, 208 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601; (919) 828- 4620; www.nccertifiedparalegal.org. An interim report for the Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs was submitted to the American Bar Association in March 2015 with approval currently granted through 2019. The Certificate program option was approved by the American Bar Association in April 2017.
The American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Paralegals (321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-4778, www.americanbar.org) last approved the South College Certificate in Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies, and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs offered at the Knoxville campus in August 2017 for a maximum of seven years. The next review is anticipated in 2021.