Paralegal Technology

The Paralegal Technology curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks, and assisting with substantive legal work. A paralegal /legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice, or represent clients in a court of law.

Course work includes substantive and procedural legal knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts, and commercial law. Required courses also include subjects such as English, mathematics, and computer utilization.

Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records search, drafting and filing legal documents, research, and office management. Employment opportunities are available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies, and other business organizations.

Associate in Applied Science Program

General Education Courses:

Course Number Course Name Semester Hour Credits
COM 231 Public Speaking 3
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3
Electives Humanities/Fine Art Elective 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 3
Electives Social/Behavioral Sci.Elc. 3

Major Courses:

Course Number Course Name Semester Hour Credits
LEX 110 Intro. to Paralegal Study 2
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I 3
LEX 130 Civil Injuries 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3
LEX 150 Commercial Law I 3
LEX 210 Real Property I 3
LEX 240 Family Law 3
LEX 250 Wills Estates & Trust 3

Other Major Courses:

Course Number Course Name Semester Hour Credits
LEX 121 Legal Research Writing II 3
LEX 151 Commercial Law II 3
LEX 160 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
LEX 170 Administrative Law 2
LEX 211 Property II 3
LEX 260 Bankruptcy & Collections 3
LEX 270 Law Office Mgt. & Tech. 2
LEX 214 Investigation & Trial Prep. 3
WBL111(PA) Coop. Work Experience 1
WBL 115(PA) Coop. Work Experience Sem. 1
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
LEX 287 CLA Review Seminar 2
LEX 271 Law Office Writing 2
LEX 280 Ethics and Professionalism 2

Other Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Semester Hour Credits
CJC231 Constitutional Law 3

Total Credits: ……………………………………………75

Recommended Course Sequence (Day Classes)

Fall
Semester I
Spring
Semester I
Summer
Semester I
Fall
Semester II
Spring
Semester II
CIS 110
ENG 111
LEX 110
LEX 130
LEX 150
MAT 140
MAT 140A
WBL 111(PA)
LEX 120
LEX 140
LEX 151
LEX 160
Social/Behave Science Elect
CJC 231
LEX 121
LEX 170
LEX 271
Humanities/Fine Arts Elect
LEX 210
LEX 214
LEX 240
LEX 260
LEX 270
WBL 115(PA)
COM 231
LEX 211
LEX 250
LEX 280
LEX 287

*A new first year class will commence in the Fall Semester of each odd numbered year.

Diploma Program

General Education Courses:

Course Number Course Name Semester Hour Credits
COM 231 Public Speaking 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 3
LEX 110 Intro.to Paralegal Studies 2
LEX 120 Legal Research & Writing I 3
LEX 130 Civil Injuries 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3
LEX 150 Commercial Law I 3
LEX 160 Criminal Law 3
LEX 210 Real Property I 3
LEX 240 Family Law 3
LEX 250 Wills, Estate & Trust 3
LEX 260 Bankruptcy & Collections 3
CJC 231 Constitutional Law 3

Total Credits …………………………………………….39

Recommended Course Sequence:

Fall
Semester I
Spring
Semester I
Summer
Semester I
LEX 110
LEX 130
LEX 160
LEX 150
LEX 210
LEX 120
LEX 140
LEX 240
LEX 250
LEX 260
CJC 231
COM 231
MAT 140
MAT 140A

In order to take the NC Certification exam with a degree in either certificate, you must have a 4 year degree form any university in any major, and in addition to the courses in the certificate programs, the NC State Bar requires an additional class of LEX 280 Ethics and Professionalism.


Civil Litigation Track Certificate Program

General Education Courses:

Course Number Course Name Semester Hour Credits
LEX 130 Civil Injuries 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3
LEX 150 Commercial Law I 3
LEX 214 Investigation and Trial Prep. 3
LEX 240 Family Law 3
LEX 250 Wills, Estate & Trust 3

Total Credits …………………………………………….18

Recommended Course Sequence

Fall
Semester I
Spring
Semester I
Summer
Semester I
LEX150LEX 214 LEX 130LEX 240 LEX 140LEX 250

Real Property Track Certificate Program

General Education Courses:

Course Number Course Name Semester Hour Credits
LEX 150 Commercial Law I 3
LEX 210 Real Property I 3
LEX 211 Real Property II 3
LEX 240 Family Law 3
LEX 250 Wills, Estate & Trust 3
LEX 260 Bankruptcy and Collections 3

Total Credits …………………………………………….18

Recommended Course Sequence:

Fall
Semester I
Spring
Semester I
Summer
Semester I
LEX 150LEX 260 LEX 210LEX 240 LEX 211LEX 250