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.

Note: In order to be awarded a degree from CCC in Paralegal Technology, a student must complete at least 25 percent of required “LEX” courses at CCC. Students must also take at least ten semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.

Paralegal Technology Approved by the American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone: (312) 988-5000
Website: https://www.americanbar.org

Qualified Paralegal Education program through the North Carolina State Bar
208 Fayetteville Street-PO Box 25908, Raleigh, NC 27611-5908
Telephone: (919) 828-4620
Website: http://www.nccertifiedparalegal.gov

Program Learning Outcomes

P1:
Graduates will be proficient in the drafting of simple legal documents.

P2:
Graduates will be proficient in the fundamental concepts of substantive areas of law covered in the curriculum.

P3:
Graduates will be able to manage practical ethical dilemmas commonly encountered by working paralegals, including how to avoid the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers.

Program Goals

The goal of the Paralegal Technology Program at Carteret Community College is to train highly skilled legal assistants to assist lawyers in the delivery of legal services to their clients. Our curriculum is designed to meet our Program goals:

  • Prepare Graduates for entry level positions in a legal setting.
  • Graduates will be proficient in the drafting of simple legal documents.
  • Graduates will be proficient in the fundamental concepts of substantive areas of law covered in the curriculum.
  • Graduates will be able to manage practical ethical dilemmas commonly encountered by working paralegals, including how to avoid the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers.

Program Contact

Susan McIntyre
Chair, Public Services Technology
Wayne West Building
Phone: (252) 222-6230
Email: mcintyres@carteret.edu

First Semester

College Transfer Success Click for details
ACA 122
1.00
College Transfer Success Close
ACA
122

This course provides information and strategies necessary to develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience. Topics include the CAA, college policies and culture, career exploration, gathering information on senior institutions, strategic planning, critical thinking, and communications skills for a successful academic transition. Upon completion, students should be able to develop an academic plan to transition successfully to senior institutions.

Credits: 1.00
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Writing and Inquiry Click for details
ENG 111
3.00
Writing and Inquiry Close
ENG
111

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

Credits: 3.00
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Intro to Paralegal Study Click for details
LEX 110
2.00
Intro to Paralegal Study Close
LEX
110

This course introduces the paralegal profession and the legal system, and an emphasis is placed on the role of professional and legal ethics. Topics include regulations, ethics, case analysis, legal reasoning, career opportunities, professional organizations, terminology and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the role of a paralegal and identify the skills, knowledge, and ethics required of paralegals.

Credits: 2.00
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Legal Research/Writing I Click for details
LEX 120
3.00
Legal Research/Writing I Close
LEX
120

This course introduces the techniques of legal research and writing. Emphasis is placed on locating, analyzing, applying, and updating sources of law; effective legal writing, including proper citation; and the use of electronic research methods. Upon completion, students should be able to perform legal research and writing assignments using techniques covered in the course.

Credits: 3.00
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Civil Litigation I Click for details
LEX 140
3.00
Civil Litigation I Close
LEX
140

This course introduces the structure of the legal system and the rules governing civil litigation. Topics include jurisdiction state and federal rules of civil procedure and evidence. Upon completion, students should be able to assist an attorney in pre-litigation matters and preparation of pleadings and motions.

Credits: 3.00
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Real Property I Click for details
LEX 210
3.00
Real Property I Close
LEX
210

This course introduces the study of real property law. Topics include the distinction between real and personal property, various estates, mechanics of conveyance and encumbrance, recordation, special proceedings, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify estates, forms of deeds, requirements for recording, and procedures to enforce rights to real property.

Credits: 3.00
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15 Total Credits

Second Semester

Civil Injuries Click for details
LEX 130
3.00
Civil Injuries Close
LEX
130

This course covers traditional tort concepts and the evolving body of individual rights created by statute. Topics include intentional and non-intentional torts with emphasis on negligence, strict liability, civil rights, workplace and environmental liability, remedies, and damages. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize, explain, and evaluate elements of civil injuries and related defenses.

Credits: 3.00
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Civil Litigation II Click for details
LEX 141
3.00
Civil Litigation II Close
LEX
141

This course covers advanced topics in the civil litigation process. Topics include motions, discovery, and trial and appellate procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to assist an attorney in preparing and organizing documents for trial, settlement and post-trial practice.

Credits: 3.00
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Real Property II Click for details
LEX 211
3.00
Real Property II Close
LEX
211

This course continues the study of real property law relating to title examination and preparation of closing documents. Topics include use of courthouse and other public records in title examination and preparation of documents required in real estate transactions and closings. Upon completion, students should be able to plot/draft a description, perform complete title examination, draft closing documents including title insurance forms, and prepare disbursement reconciliation.

Credits: 3.00
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MAT 110
3.00
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy Close
MAT
110

This course provides an activity-based approach that develops measurement skills and mathematical literacy using technology to solve problems for non-math intensive programs. Topics include unit conversions and estimation within a variety of measurement systems; ratio and proportion; basic geometric concepts; financial literacy; and statistics including measures of central tendency, dispersion, and charting of data. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the use of mathematics and technology to solve practical problems, and to analyze and communicate results.

Credits: 3.00
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Introduction to Computers Click for details
CIS 110
3.00
Introduction to Computers Close
CIS
110

This course introduces computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.

Credits: 3.00
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15 Total Credits

Third Semester

Word Processing Click for details
OST 136
3.00
Word Processing Close
OST
136

This course is designed to introduce word processing concepts and applications. Topics include preparation of a variety of documents and mastery of specialized software functions. Upon completion, students should be able to work effectively in a computerized word processing environment.

Credits: 3.00
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LEX 270
2.00
Law Office Management/Technology Close
LEX
270

This course provides an overview of law office management and organization. Topics include office forms, filing systems, billing/time keeping, computer systems, calendar systems, library administration, case management, office/personnel procedures, ethics, and technology. Upon completion, students should be able to establish and maintain various law office systems, monitor case progress, and supervise non-lawyer personnel.

Credits: 2.00
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Ethics & Professionalism Click for details
LEX 280
2.00
Ethics & Professionalism Close
LEX
280

This course reinforces legal ethics and the role of the paralegal in a professional work environment. Topics include a review of ethics, employment opportunities, and search techniques; paralegal certification and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the paralegal’s role in the ethical practice of law.

Credits: 2.00
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Professional Transition Click for details
ACA 220
1.00
Professional Transition Close
ACA
220

This course provides preparation for meeting the demands of employment or education beyond the community college experience. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning, gathering information on workplaces or colleges, and developing human interaction skills for professional, academic, and/or community life. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully make the transition to appropriate workplaces or senior institutions.

Credits: 1.00
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8 Total Credits

Fourth Semester

Commercial Law I Click for details
LEX 150
3.00
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LEX
150

This course covers legally enforceable agreements, forms of organization, and selected portions of the Uniform Commercial Code. Topics include drafting and enforcement of contracts, leases, and related documents and selection and implementation of business organization forms, sales, and commercial papers. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the elements of a contract, prepare various business documents, and understand the role of commercial paper.

Credits: 3.00
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Family Law Click for details
LEX 240
3.00
Family Law Close
LEX
240

This course covers laws governing domestic relations. Topics include marriage, separation, divorce, child custody, support, property division, adoption, domestic violence, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to interview clients, gather information, and draft documents related to family law.

Credits: 3.00
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Wills, Estates, & Trusts Click for details
LEX 250
3.00
Wills, Estates, & Trusts Close
LEX
250

This course covers various types of wills, trusts, probate, estate administration, and intestacy. Topics include types of wills and execution requirements, caveats and dissents, intestate succession, inventories and accountings, distribution and settlement, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to draft simple wills, prepare estate forms, understand administration of estates including taxation, and explain terms regarding trusts.

Credits: 3.00
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American Government Click for details
POL 120
3.00
American Government Close
POL
120

This course is a study of the origins, development, structure, and functions of American government. Topics include the constitutional framework, federalism, the three branches of government including the bureaucracy, civil rights and liberties, political participation and behavior, and policy process. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of the American political system.

Credits: 3.00
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Public Speaking Click for details
COM 231
3.00
Public Speaking Close
COM
231

This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion. Emphasis is placed on research, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of informative, persuasive, and special occasion public speaking. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and deliver well-organized speeches and participate in group discussion with appropriate audiovisual support.

Credits: 3.00
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ENG 114
3.00
Professional Research & Reporting Close
ENG
114

This course, the second in a series of two, is designed to teach professional communication skills. Emphasis is placed on research, listening, critical reading and thinking, analysis, interpretation, and design used in oral and written presentations. Upon completion, students should be able to work individually and collaboratively to produce well-designed business and professional written and oral presentations.

Credits: 3.00
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15 Total Credits

Fifth Semester

ACC 120
4.00
Principles of Financial Accounting Close
ACC
120

This course introduces business decision-making using accounting information systems. Emphasis is placed on analyzing, summarizing, reporting, and interpreting financial information. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare financial statements, understand the role of financial information in decision-making and address ethical considerations.

Credits: 4.00
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Records Management Click for details
OST 184
3.00
Records Management Close
OST
184

This course includes the creation, maintenance, protection, security, and disposition of records stored in a variety of media forms. Topics include alphabetic, geographic, subject, and numeric filing methods. Upon completion, students should be able to set up and maintain a records management system.

Credits: 3.00
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Criminal Law Click for details
CJC 131
3.00
Criminal Law Close
CJC
131

This course covers the history/evolution/principles and contemporary applications of criminal law. Topics include sources of substantive law, classification of crimes, parties to crime, elements of crimes, matters of criminal responsibility, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the sources of law and identify, interpret, and apply the appropriate statutes/elements.

Credits: 3.00
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Critical Thinking Click for details
HUM 115
3.00
Critical Thinking Close
HUM
115

This course introduces the use of critical thinking skills in the context of human conflict. Emphasis is placed on evaluating information, problem solving, approaching cross-cultural perspectives, and resolving controversies and dilemmas. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate orally and in writing the use of critical thinking skills in the analysis of appropriate texts.

Credits: 3.00
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or

Cultural Studies Click for details
HUM 120
3.00
Cultural Studies Close
HUM
120

This course introduces the distinctive features of a particular culture. Topics include art, history, music, literature, politics, philosophy, and religion. Upon completion, students should be able to appreciate the unique character of the study culture. This class must be taken at Pitt Community College if enrolled in the Medical Office Administration Program.

Credits: 3.00
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Law Office Writing Click for details
LEX 271
2.00
Law Office Writing Close
LEX
271

This course covers the basics of writing for the law office including the drafting of general correspondence, the briefing of cases, and the preparation of settlement brochures. Emphasis is placed on legal vocabulary in the context of letter writing, briefing judicial opinions, and the preparation of the settlement brochure. Upon completion, students should be able to draft letters to clients, opposing counsel, government entities, and insurance companies and prepare the settlement brochure.

Credits: 2.00
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Work-Based Learning I Click for details
WBL 111
1.00
Work-Based Learning I Close
WBL
111

This course provides a work-based learning experience with a college-approved employer in an area related to the student’s program of study. Emphasis is placed on integrating classroom learning with related work experience. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.

Credits: 1.00
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Work-Based Learning Seminar I Click for details
WBL 115
1.00
Work-Based Learning Seminar I Close
WBL
115

This course description may be written by the individual colleges.

Credits: 1.00
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14(13) Total Credits