PARALEGAL STUDIES (PS13)

The Paralegal Studies program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in the paralegal profession. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The knowledge and skills emphasized in this program include ethical obligations; research in state and federal law; legal correspondence preparation; family law matters; basic concepts of real property law, criminal law and procedure, civil litigation, tort law, and substantive contract law; and wills, trusts, and probate. The program of study emphasizes opportunities that provide students with specialized legal knowledge and skills required to aid lawyers in the delivery of legal services. Program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Technology degree. Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Persons who have been convicted of a felony offense are not employable in the legal field. Evidence of a current satisfactory criminal record background check is required at the student's expense prior to participation in the internship.

The Admissions and Registrar's Office will only consider for transfer credit those paralegal
occupational courses taken at ABA-approved institutions.

ABA Transfer Credit Policy
(Credit for Legal Specialty Courses by Transfer)

Notwithstanding the provisions detailed below: in no circumstance will a student be awarded a PARA degree unless at least 10 hours of PARA specialty course work has been completed at CGTC in a traditional class format.

Transfer Credit Policy. Central Georgia Technical College Paralegal Studies Program may award transfer credit for PARA designated, legal specialty courses, except for PARA 2210 and PARA 2215, on a case-by-case basis determined by the Paralegal Studies Program Chair, subject to approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs under the following circumstances:

  1. Transfer credit may be awarded for substantially similar courses completed with a grade of "C" or higher in an ABA approved, or other post-secondary academically accredited academic paralegal studies program within 10 years of the date of the request. To be considered "substantially similar":
    1. the course must have incorporated the same or similar topics and assignments as the PARA course sought to be credited as evidenced by a catalog description, detailed syllabus, and course reference file;
    2. the course must have an educational value of at least 3 college semester credit hours; and
    3. the course must have been delivered in a traditional academic format.

  2. No more than 9 semester credit hours of Paralegal Studies specialty course credit (PARA courses) may be earned toward the A.A.S. by transfer credit.

  3. Students who wish to obtain transfer credit for any PARA legal specialty course should submit a request to the PARA Program Chair including the following:
    1. The name of the CGTC course for which you wish to obtain transfer credit
    2. Name and course number of course you wish to transfer along with:
      1. Transcript documenting course grade, credits, and year completed
      2. Course description and course syllabus

Associate Degree
Program Length 69 Credit Hours
Education Requirements High School graduate or GED recipient; Minimum age: 16
Entrance Dates Every Semester
Offered Macon and Warner Robins Campuses


Paralegal Studies Curriculum
   

Credit Hours

General Education Core Courses 18
Area I - Language Arts/Communication  
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENGL 1102 Literature and Composition 3
SPCH 1101 Public Speaking 3
     
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences (choose one)  
ECON 1101 Principles of Economics 3
HIST 1111 World History I 3
HIST 2111 U.S. History I 3
POLS 1101 American Government 3
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
     
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (choose one)
MATH 1100 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning 3
MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling 3
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus 3
MATH 1127 Introduction to Statistics 3
     
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts (choose one)  
ARTS 1101 Art Appreciation 3
ENGL 2130 American Literature 3
HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities 3
MUSC 1101 Music Appreciation 3
     
Occupational Courses 51
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
PARA 1100 Introduction to Law And Ethics 3
PARA 1105 Legal Research and Legal Writing I 3
PARA 1110 Legal Research and Legal Writing II 3
PARA 1115 Family Law 3
PARA 1120 Real Estate Law 3
PARA 1125 Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure 3
PARA 1130 Civil Litigation 3
PARA 1135 Wills, Trusts, Probate, and Administration 3
PARA 1140 Tort Law 3
PARA 1145 Law Office Management 3
PARA 1150 Contracts, Commercial Law and Business Organizations 3
PARA 2210 Paralegal Internship I 6
 
Choose nine (9) hours from the following Specific Occupational-Guided Electives:
ENGL 1105 Technical Communications 3
PARA 1200 Bankruptcy/Debtor-Creditor Relations 3
PARA 1205 Constitutional Law 3
PARA 1215 Administrative Law 3
PARA 2205 Advanced Legal Research and Writing 3
PARA 2215 Paralegal Internship II 6
     
  Total Hours 69