Public Service Technology

Paralegal SpecParalegal Specialist - Certificate

Admission to the Paralegal Specialist program, which prepares students for a Paralegal career, requires prior completion of an associate's or bachelor's degree. The Paralegal Specialist certificate provides students with the skills and abilities to work under the direct supervision of an attorney to conduct documentary and legal research, draft legal documents, recommend solutions for procedural problems, and implement detailed office procedures for the efficient handling of specialized fields of law. 

HGTC's Paralegal Specialist certificate program is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). 

Credit Requirements: 40 semester credit hours

Career Outlook

The paralegal job is a wonderful way to gain expertise and experience in the legal profession and to grow into a capable professional with a vast array of opportunities and career paths. Paralegals and legal assistants are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments, or government agencies. They usually work full time, and overtime is sometimes needed to meet important deadlines.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information about gainful employment, visit http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Statement: Paralegals must work under the supervision of a licensed attorney and are not authorized to practice law in South Carolina (S.C. Code § 40-5-310).

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Private-practice law firms
  • Governmental offices or agencies
  • Private sector corporations or companies.

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