The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies program is an ABA Approved Paralegal Education program with the purpose of providing each paralegal student with a quality, practical paralegal education. Students can expect small class sizes, individual attention from faculty who are committed to student success, and academic support. This program includes specialized coursework, field trips, guest speakers, and 120 hours of hands-on training through supervised internships in public or private legal settings such as real estate and title companies, bank and trust agencies, law firms, and judicial offices. The program explores various ethical considerations for the paralegal and other members of the legal team in each course.
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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 as part of a team. Working as part of a team and being able to adapt between varying project demands are useful abilities to have over the course of the program.
Because South College maintains small class sizes, you’ll receive professional guidance from your instructors.
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.
Learning Outcome #1
Students will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental theoretical legal concepts necessary for an entry-level paralegal position under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.
Learning Outcome #2
Students will develop legal research, writing, and drafting skills necessary for an entry-level paralegal position under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.
Learning Outcome #3
Students will demonstrate knowledge of appropriate professional and ethical responsibilities as set forth in the rules of professional responsibility and other related guidelines, laws, and directives.
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 are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Paralegals (321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-4778, www.americanbar.org).
Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. 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 published via the institution website 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.
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