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.
Accreditation or Approval
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.
Total Program and Degree Length
Total Program Credits*: 180
Degree Length: 42 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.