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.

Coursework 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.

Coastal Carolina Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree, a diploma, and certificates. The appropriate coursework is listed below.

Award Available – See Course Requirements below.

  • Associate in Applied Science Paralegal Technology Degree (A25380)
  • Paralegal Technology Diploma (D25380)
  • Corporate Law Legal Assistant Certificate (C25380B)
  • Litigation Legal Assistant Certificate (C25380L)
  • Legal Secretary Certificate (C25380S)
  • REAL Property Legal Assistant Certificate (C25380R)
Course Requirements for A.A.S. Paralegal Technology

Curriculum Code: A25380

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

Fall Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 1
COM 120 Intro Interpersonal Com 3 0 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
LEX 110 Introduction to Paralegal Study 2 0 2
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I 2 2 3
LEX 130 Civil Injuries 3 0 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3 0 3
16 4 18

Spring Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
ACC 111 Financial Accounting 3 0 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
LEX 121 Legal Research/Writing II 2 2 3
LEX 141 Civil Litigation II 2 2 3
MAT 110 Math Measurement & Literacy 2 2 3
OST 164 Text Editing Applications 3 0 3
15 6 18

Summer Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 150 Commercial Law I 2 2 3
LEX 160 Criminal Law and Procedure 2 2 3
LEX 220 Corporate Law 2 0 2
LEX 285 Workers’ Comp Law 2 0 2
8 4 10

Fall Semester (2nd Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 210 Real Property I 3 0 3
LEX 240 Family Law 3 0 3
LEX 250 Wills, Estates, and Trusts I 2 2 3
LEX 283 Investigation & Trial Prep 1 4 3
SOC 220 Social Problems 3 0 3
12 6 15

Spring Semester (2nd Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 211 Real Property II 1 4 3
LEX 260 Bankruptcy and Collections 3 0 3
LEX 270 Law Office Management/Tech 1 2 2
LEX 280 Ethics and Professionalism 2 0 2
WBL 111 Work-Based Learning I 1 0 1
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
11 6 14
Total Semester Hours: 75

Approved Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

Course ID Course Title Course ID Course Title
*ART 111 Art Appreciation HUM 130 Myth in Human Culture
*ART 114 Art History Survey I HUM 160 Introduction to Film
*ART 115 Art History Survey II HUM 211 Humanities I
DRA 111 Theatre Appreciation HUM 212 Humanities II
DRA 112 Literature of the Theatre *MUS 110 Music Appreciation
DRA 211 Theatre History I *MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz
DRA 212 Theatre History II MUS 210 History of Rock Music
*ENG 231 American Literature I *PHI 215 Philosophical Issues
*ENG 232 American Literature II *PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
*ENG 241 British Literature I REL 112 Western Religions
*ENG 242 British Literature II REL 211 Intro to Old Testament
ENG 261 World Literature I REL 212 Intro to New Testament
ENG 262 World Literature II REL 221 Religion in America
*Approved as Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course. 

Course Requirements for Paralegal Technology Diploma

Curriculum Code: D25380

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

Fall Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 110 Introduction to Paralegal Study 2 0 2
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I 2 2 3
LEX 130 Civil Injuries 3 0 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3 0 3
LEX 210 Real Property I 3 0 3
LEX 240 Family Law 3 0 3
LEX 250 Wills, Estates, and Trusts I 2 2 3
18 4 20

Spring Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
ENG 111 Writing & Inquiry 3 0 3
LEX 260 Bankruptcy and Collections 3 0 3
LEX 270 Law Office Management/Tech 1 2 2
LEX 280 Ethics & Professionalism 2 0 2
SOC 220 Social Problems 3 0 3
12 2 13

Summer Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 150 Commercial Law I 2 2 3
LEX 160 Criminal Law and Procedure 2 2 3
LEX 220 Corporate Law 2 0 2
LEX 285 Workers’ Comp Law 2 0 2
8 4 10
Total Semester Hours: 43

Course Requirements for Paralegal Technology Certificates

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

Corporate Law Legal Assistant Certificate (C25380B)

Fall Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I 2 2 3
2 2 3

Spring Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
ACC 111 Financial Accounting 3 0 3
LEX 260 Bankruptcy and Collections 3 0 3
6 0 6

Summer Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 150 Commercial Law I 2 2 3
LEX 220 Corporate Law 2 0 2
LEX 285 Workers’ Comp Law 2 0 2
6 2 7
Total Semester Hours: 16

Litigation Legal Assistant Certificate (C25380L)

Fall Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I 2 2 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3 0 3
5 2 6

Spring Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 141 Civil Litigation II 2 2 3
2 2 3

Summer Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 160 Criminal Law and Procedure 2  2  3
 2 2  3
Total Semester Hours: 12

Legal Secretary Certificate (C25380S)

Fall Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 110 Introduction to Paralegal Study 2 0 2
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I 2 2 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3 0 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
10 2 11

Spring Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
OST 164 Text Editing Applications 3 0 3
LEX 270 Law Office Management/Tech 1 2 2
LEX 280 Ethics and Professionalism 2 0 2
6 2 7
Total Semester Hours: 18

REAL Property Legal Assistant Certificate (C25380R)

Fall Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I 2 2 3
LEX 210 Real Property I 3 0 3
5 2 6

Spring Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
ACC 111 Financial Accounting 3 0 3
LEX 121 Legal Research/Writing II 2 2 3
LEX 211 Real Property II 1 4 3
6 6 9

Summer Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Credit
LEX 150 Commercial Law 2 2 3
2 2 3
Total Semester Hours: 18