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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs


Athens Technical College, Athens
Clayton State University, Morrow
Georgia Piedmont Technical College f/k/a DeKalb Technical College, Covington and Clarkston
Herzing University Atlanta, Atlanta
South University, Savannah
University of North Georgia f/k/a Gainesville State College, Gainsville

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Athens Technical College
Paralegal Studies Program
800 U.S. Highway 29 North
Athens, GA 30601-1500
Director: Howard Sokol
Telephone: 706.355.5041
Fax: 706.355.5139

Type of Institution: Technical
Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts
Minimum length of time to complete program: 4 quarters (if significant transfer credit received)
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.athenstech.edu/
Description: Athens Technical College Paralegal Studies Program is designed so that students can complete the program by attending morning classes; however, there is an option for combining online, evening and Saturday classes. Class size is generally 20 students with emphasis on quality instruction both in groups and one-on-one with students. The courses are primarily taught by faculty though adjuncts are used to enhance the program. Faculty are licensed attorneys with significant experience in the practice of law and management of paralegals. Emphasis of study is in the practical application of paralegal tasks and on the use of technology.

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Clayton State University
Legal Studies Program
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260
Director: Matthew Cornick
Telephone: 678.466.4600
Fax: 678.466.4669

Type of Institution: Public, 4 yr.
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, Associate in Applied Science, Post-secondary Paralegal Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 61 semester hours for A.A.S; 30 semester hours for Certificate
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.a-s.clayton.edu/socsci/paralegal/Default.htm
Description: Clayton State University offers an ABA approved Certificate and A.A.S in Paralegal Studies. Our classes are taught in the evening and on weekends. All of our full-time and part-time instructors are attorneys who are eager to share their practical experiences with our students. We place a high priority on teaching how technology is changing the practice of law and the paralegal profession.

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Georgia Piedmont Technical College f/k/a DeKalb Technical College (Covington and Clarkston Campus locations)
Paralegal Studies Program
8100 Bob Williams Parkway
Covington, GA 30014
Director: Judge (ret) J. Virgil Costley, Jr.
Telephone: 404-297-9522, EXT 5309
Fax: 770-784-4081
Email us at costleyv@dekalbtech.edu, murrayc@gptc.edu or haymorek@gptc.edu
Type of Institution: Technical; 2-yr Public
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science; Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: Two Years for AAS Degree and one year for Certificate
Internships: Mandatory for AAS Degree and optional for Certificate
For more information: http://www.gptc.edu/content.cfm?PageCode=programgroup&ProgramGroupID=33
Description: DeKalb Technical College was established in 1961 and changed its name to Georgia Piedmont Technical College in 2010.  The paralegal studies program was established in 2002 and began offering classes in July of that year. The program is located in the Atlanta metro area and offers classes at the Covington and Clarkston Campuses. An Associate in Applied Science has been offered since 2001 and a Certificate program was established in 2015.  A well-qualified faculty and staff provide a curriculum with a strong general education component and a core of legal specialty courses that teach substantive knowledge and skills. An excellent law library is accessible at both campus locations, and all facilities are designed with the student’s needs in mind. Job placement is a high priority, and DeKalb Tech students have secured employment in very diverse legal surroundings.

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Herzing University Atlanta
Legal Studies Program
3393 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 1003
Atlanta, GA 30326
Director: Jennifer S. Cantor
Telephone: 404-816-4533 ext 15133
Fax: 404-816-5576

For more information: http://www.herzing.edu/atlanta/career-programs/undergraduate-degrees/business/legal-assisting-paralegal?
Degrees offered: Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science

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South University - Savannah
Paralegal/Legal Studies Program
709 Mall Boulevard
Savannah, GA 31406-4805
Director: David A. Mack
Telephone: 912.790.4173
Fax: 912.790.4195

Type of Institution: Private
Degrees Offered: Associate of Science Degree, Bachelor of Science Degree
Minimum length of time to complete program: 1.5 yrs for AS, 3 yrs for BS
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.southuniversity.edu
Description: Our Bachelor and Associate Degree programs feature a curriculum delivered by full-time faculty and experienced legal professionals. South University emphasizes analytical and critical thinking skills while providing the base knowledge to assist attorneys in investigating cases and preparing documentation for litigation or transactions. Students are engaged in active learning activities such as preparing case files. The coursework familiarizes them with specialty areas of the law so graduates can work as paralegals and perform substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. A number of online courses are available.

University of North Georgia f/k/a Gainesville State College
Paralegal Studies Program
3820 Mundy's Mill Road
P.O. Box 1358
Gainesville, GA 30503
Director: Joan H. Marler
Telephone: 678.717.3760
Fax: 678.717.3761

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies; Associate of Applied Science Degree; Certificate
For more information: www.ung.edu

Updated: 10/07/2014

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