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.
After completing the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies degree, many students choose to pursue certification. Although this is voluntary, certification through organizations like The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) improves employment opportunities for paralegals and legal assistants. In order to maintain certification, 50 hours of continuing education are required during the 5-year certification period.
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.
Accreditation or Approval
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.
Total Program and Degree Length
Total Program Credits*: 112
Degree Length: 24 months full-time enrollment
*South College operates on the quarter system, offering the possibility for more flexibility and more options for our students.
Program Tuition Rate
South College offers flat-rate tuition, which provides students the opportunity to take more hours for a lower cost. 10-18 hours is the same cost regardless of how many hours are taken.