Keys to Success
In order to successfully earn a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies degree, students should be detail-oriented, driven, organized, and efficient. Working as part of a team and being able to adapt to 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 internships at law firms, court systems, agencies, and other entities with paralegal needs so you can earn 120 hours of hands-on training.
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.
Knoxville Programmatic 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 KNOXVILLE Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program in August 2017 for a maximum of seven years. The next review is anticipated in 2022.
ABA approved programs provide future paralegals and attorneys with a comprehensive legal education which meets the standards and expectations set forth by the American Bar Association, in conjunction with the state and federal judicial systems.