Keys to Success
In order to be successful, students should be detail-oriented, organized, efficient, and ready to adapt to the changing daily requirements of their jobs. Sound ethics, strong analytical skills, and the ability to stick to deadlines are also essential. Because paralegals frequently work with clients and a wide range of legal professionals, excellent interpersonal skills are a plus. Lawyers and paralegals often bill their time in 6-minute increments, so the ability to carefully and accurately track time is essential.
Paralegal studies courses are taught by experienced legal professionals who are committed to supporting their students throughout every step of their academic journeys. During your time at South College, you will have frequent access to your professors, course tutors, and the Writing Lab and Math Lab for help developing core skills.
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.
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.
Total Program and Degree Length
Total Program Credits*: 56 credits
Degree Length: 12 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.