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Paralegal Technology Degree

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.

In order for a student to be eligible to sit for the North Carolina Certified Paralegal exam, 10 hours of lex courses must be taken as seated, in-person courses. This applies to all certificates, diplomas and degrees in the paralegal technology program at Johnston Community College.

Degree: (A25380)

Fall Semester 1

Course Credits
ACA-111 - College Student Success 1
-OR- ACA-122 - College Transfer Success 1
LEX-110 - Intro to Paralegal Study 2
LEX-120 - Legal Research/Writing I 3
LEX-140 - Civil Litigation I 3
LEX-280 - Ethics & Professionalism 2
MAT-110 - Mathematical Measurement and Literacy 3
Total Credit Hours 14/14

Spring Semester 1

Course Credits
ENG-112 - Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
LEX-121 - Legal Research/Writing II 3
LEX-141 - Civil Litigation II 3
PHI-240 - Introduction to Ethics 3
LEX-130 - Civil Injuries 3
CIS-110 - Introduction to Computers 3
Total Credit Hours 18

Fall Semester 2

Course Credits
POL-120 - American Government 3
LEX-150 - Commercial Law I 3
LEX-210 - Real Property I 3
LEX-250 - Wills, Estates, & Trusts 3
OST-136 - Word Processing 3
ACC-115 - College Accounting 4
Total Credit Hours 19

Spring Semester 2

Course Credits
LEX-160 - Criminal Law & Procedure 3
LEX-214 - Investigation and Trial Preparation 3
LEX-240 - Family Law 3
BUS-260 - Business Communication 3
Total Credit Hours 12