USC launches Paralegal Certificate Program
The University of South Carolina’s Office of Continuing Education has announced it will offer a Paralegal Certificate Program, beginning April 10, for those interested in pursuing a career in the paralegal profession.
The six-month program, to be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 1600 Hampton Street Annex, will offer training in research skills and knowledge requisite for success in the legal industry. The $4,500 tuition includes textbooks, as well as access to online legal resources. Requirements include a four-year undergraduate degree, basic computer and word-processing skills, Internet access and an updated résumé. An information session for those interested in learning more about the program will be held on Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m.
“The university recognizes that education doesn’t stop when a student receives their bachelor’s degree,” said Eric McGee, director of Continuing and Professional Education at USC. “Paralegal training provides our students with an opportunity to gain the skills necessary to excel in a variety of traditional and non-traditional aspects of the legal field. Additionally, paralegal training can provide a great foundation for those individuals who may be interested in pursuing law school after gaining more knowledge and a better understanding of the law.”
The curricula includes introduction to law; tort law and personal injury; legal research and writing; civil litigation; contract law; and debtor and creditor law. Each of these modules is led by South Carolina attorneys with experience and expertise in the respective subject areas.