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Paralegal Technology

Curriculum 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. 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 searches, 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.

The following represents one way in which the diploma can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.


NC CIP: 22.0302
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2015

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
LEX 110 Intro to Paralegal Study 2 0 0 2
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I 2 2 0 3
LEX 121 Legal Research/Writing II 2 2 0 3
LEX 280 Ethics & Professionalism 2 0 0 2
OST 130 Comprehensive Keyboarding 2 2 0 3
Select one:
Introduction to Computers (2) (2) (0) (3)
Basic PC Literacy 1 2 0 2
  Total: 11 8 0 15

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3 0 0 3
___ ___ LEX Elective ** ** ** 2
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
  Total: 9 0 0 11

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
LEX 130 Civil Injuries 3 0 0 3
LEX 141 Civil Litigation II 2 2 0 3
___ ___ LEX Elective I ** ** 0 3
___ ___ LEX Elective I ** ** 0 3
___ ___ LEX Elective ** ** ** 2
  Total: 5 2 0 14

Total Credit Hours: 40

Additional Information

This program is open to students who have a 2 or 4 year degree from an accredited college or university. An official undergraduate transcript must be on file in order to register for any LEX course. Students may take courses in any order, but it is recommended that they complete LEX 110, LEX 120, and LEX 140 prior to taking other LEX courses. A diploma in Paralegal Technology is awarded by the college upon completion of this program.

A student must receive a grade of C or higher in any LEX course in order to receive credit for that course towards an Associate In Applied Science degree in Paralegal Technology or a diploma in Paralegal Technology.

The Board of Paralegal Certification has designated Forsyth Tech’s Paralegal degree and diploma programs as qualified to satisfy the educational requirements for the North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal Exam.  In order to qualify to take the NCCP exam, a student must complete either the degree or diploma with at least 10 credit hours of LEX courses in a classroom that are not by online instruction.

LEX Electives - Select a minimum of 3 hours from: LEX 150, LEX 210, LEX 240, or LEX 250

LEX Electives - Select a minimum of 7 hours from: LEX 151, LEX 160, LEX 211, LEX 214, LEX 220, LEX 260, LEX 270, LEX 286, WBL 111, WBL 121

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.