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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs

North Carolina

Carteret Community College, Morehead City
Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte
Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville
Meredith College, Raleigh
Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC
Pitt Community College, Greenville
South College-Asheville, Asheville

Alphabetical List of Approved Programs
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Carteret Community College
Paralegal Technology Program
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557-2989
Director: Catherine B. Lassiter
Telephone: 252.222.6290
Fax: 252.222.6074

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science; Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (Certificate)
Minimum length of time to complete program: AAS: 2 yrs to complete; 1 year to complete Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.carteret.edu/education/academicprograms/paralegal/paralegalindex.htm
Description: The Paralegal Technology curriculum at Carteret Community College prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks and assisting with substantive work. Coursework includes substantive and procedural knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts and commercial law. 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 agenices, banks, insurance agencies and other business organizations.

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Central Piedmont Community College
Paralegal Technology Program
Cato Campus
8120 Grier Road
Charlotte, NC 28215
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235
Program Chair: Nina Neal
Telephone: 704.330.4883
Fax: 704.330.4830

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science, Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 yrs (AAS); 1 yr (Post-Bacc)
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.cpcc.edu/paralegal
Description: The Paralegal Program at Central Piedmont Community College is an ABA-approved program with the primary goal of providing its students with the legal knowledge and practical skills necessary to become competent, ethical paralegals. This program prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing a variety of legal tasks and assisting with substantive legal work. Course work includes, but is not limited to, substantive and procedural legal knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts, contract (commerical) law, personal injury law, corporate law, criminal law, and legal ethics and professionalism. For students working towards an AAS degree, courses also include subjects such as English, Mathematics, humanities and social science. All students are required to take introduction to computers, basic keyboarding, word processing, text editing and public speaking courses.

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Fayetteville Technical Community College
Paralegal Technology Program
Post Office Box 35236
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Program Director: Ann C. Taylor
Telephone: 910.678.7379
Fax: 910.678.8445

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree
For more information: www.faytechcc.edu

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Meredith College
Paralegal Program
3800 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27607-5298
Director: Marisa S. Campbell
Telephone: 919.760.8354
Fax: 919.760.2898

Type of Institution: Private
Degrees Offered: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: two evening semesters
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.meredith.edu/legal
Description: The Paralegal program is a professional certificate program for women and men who have previously earned a bachelor's degree in any major. Established in 1979, the program is approved by the ABA. The program can be completed in an evening program that lasts for two semesters or in one intensive semester. The program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the roles and functions of paralegals in law firms and occupational settings. Students will gain an understanding of legal ethics and codes of professional conduct applicable to attorneys and paralegals and will develop the skills necessary to perform competently and ethically in their chosen area of specialization. In addition, students will acquire a foundation of knowledge and skills in legal research, writing, and analytical thinking that can serve as the basis for broadening their knowledge and expanding their professional capabilities, in the legal field or in other fields.

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Methodist University
Legal Studies Program
5400 Ramsey Street
Trustees Building #334
Fayetteville, NC 28311
Director: Wendy Vonnegut
Telephone: (910) 630-7491
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Type of Institution: Private 4-yr University
Degrees Offered: Minor in Legal Studies
Minimum length of time to complete program:
Internships: —
For more information: http://www.methodist.edu/paralegal/index.htm
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Pitt Community College
Paralegal Technology Program
Post Office Drawer 7007
Greenville NC 27835-7007
Director: Lora C. Clark
Telephone: 252.493.7246
Fax: 252.321.4351

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 yrs
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.pittcc.edu
Description: The Paralegal Technology curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks and assisting with substantive legal work. This is a five semester program for full-time day students or a six-year program for full-time night students.

South College - Asheville
Paralegal/Legal Studies Program
140 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Director: Allan M. Gerson
Telephone: 828.398.2519
Fax: 828.277.6151

Type of Institution: Proprietary
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science; Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 years (AAS); 4 years (BS)
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.southcollegenc.edu/
Description: South College-Asheville offers students quality, pragmatic academic curricula leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies or a Baccalaureate degree in Legal Studies. Programs consist of general and specialized studies of law, ethics, formal drafting and written communications, law office and litigation management, and the secure and effective use of technology. The purpose of the Paralegal/Legal Studies Programs is to provide the legal, government and business communities with skilled, conscientious professionals.

 
Updated: 04/16/2014

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