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Certificate in Paralegal Studies (Post-Degree)

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What can I do with a Certificate in Paralegal (Post-Degree)?

Paralegal Legal Assistant Law Clerk Court Clerk Legal Analyst Real Estate Closer

8%* Estimated Job Growth

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.

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,, and are North Carolina State Bar Qualified Paralegal Studies programs (PO Box 25908, Raleigh, NC 27611, 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, last approved the South College KNOXVILLE Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs 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.


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.

Total Program and Degree Length
Total Program Credits*: 32 credits
*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.

Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

Success at South College

Shawn Domm

I chose South College because it came highly recommended from mentors of mine, the faculty is second to none, and the program fits my ever-changing lifestyle. I also chose it because of the flexibility. My wife is still serving in the United States Air Force on Active Duty, and this means that we move when they tell us to move.

- Shawn Domm, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Ferichs

One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.

- Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Adam Hatcher

I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.

- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration
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