Keys to Success
In order to be successful in the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies degree program, students should be detail-oriented, organized, efficient, and ready to adapt to the changing daily requirements of their jobs. Working as part of a team and being able to adapt between varying project demands will also be useful over the course of the program.
Because South College maintains small class sizes, you’ll receive more individualized attention and professional guidance to help you get the most from your education. We also facilitate student involvement in service learning, to provide enriching and competitive professional experiences.
South College also offers a Certificate in Paralegal Studies for students who have already completed a degree, and a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies for students with a range of career goals.
All students must minimally meet the requirements for general admission to South College. General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the legal programs. Program admission is not granted until the following is met:
- Successful completion of 8 hours in the major curriculum at South College, earning the minimum grades required by the program.
Asheville Programmatic Approval
The South College Paralegal and Legal Studies programs offered at the South College Asheville Learning Site are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) (321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-4778, www.americanbar.org), and are North Carolina State Bar Qualified Paralegal Studies programs (PO Box 25908, Raleigh, NC 27611, www.nccertifiedparalegal.gov). The Certificate was approved by the ABA in 2017, and the A.A.S. and B.S. degrees were approved in 2012, with the next period of ABA program review anticipated to begin on June 15, 2018. The N.C. State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification renewed the programs’ Qualified Paralegal Studies Program designations for a five-year period on April 14, 2018. The curriculum’s focus on legal theory, application, and critical thinking allow graduates to perform high-level paralegal duties under the supervision of an attorney, with the exception that paralegals are not permitted to give legal advice, appear in court, accept cases, or set fees.
South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate and associate levels.