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Paralegal Technology

Program Description

Train in a Fast Growing Legal Field

We, at Vance-Granville Community College, know you are busy.  We are dedicated to preparing students like you for the careers of tomorrow. That is why we designed our program with evening, online, and hybrid classes, a combination of in-class and online instruction, for busy individuals.  You will receive instruction from professionals who have worked in the legal field and truly understand the legal culture.

VGCC paralegal program prepares its graduates to work in demanding legal environments by providing them the cognitive knowledge and practical skills that are demanded in the legal field such as: writing and speaking clearly, concisely, and effectively, conducting research and presenting the results, analyzing legal issues, problem-solving, working individually and in teams, operating professionally and ethically, protecting client confidences, and avoiding conflicts of interest among them.

Program courses bridge the gap between the theoretical study of law with practical applications of communication, analysis, ethics, and legal technology. Courses are designed to ensure they are relevant and include internship opportunities (Work-Based Learning). Graduates of the 2-year AAS Degree or Diploma program* may apply to take the certification examination offered by the North Carolina State Bar.

*Diploma candidates must possess a minimum of a 2-year degree to qualify to take the NC State Bar Paralegal Certification.

Paralegals cannot give legal advice

B.A., J.D.
Program Head, Paralegal Technology
(252) 738-3619

Program Details

Discover the specifics of our programs, including required courses, course sequence, pathways, and learning outcomes.

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the training and role of the paralegal.
  2. Students will be able to explain the ethical and professional standards applicable to lawyers and paralegals.
  3. Students will utilize basic legal writing strategies in drafting legal correspondence, documents, and pleadings.
  4. Students will be able to recognize and understand issues related to family law and other areas of law.
  5. The student will be familiar with and utilize the Rules of Civil Procedure.
  6. The student will be able to describe the role of the paralegal in civil litigation.
  7. The student will utilize various legal research techniques.
  8. The student will demonstrate an understanding of commercial enterprises and tort law.

Students enrolled in pre-approved continuing education training courses may request awarded credit in corresponding curriculum programs. They must first register, pay, and pass the continuing education course with a grade of satisfactory. In order to request awarded credit, the student must be enrolled in the corresponding curriculum program.

The credit will be awarded by the appropriate department with a grade of “PR”, Credit for Prior Learning. The credit hours of the course will count toward graduation at VGCC but may not transfer to other colleges or universities.

For a more comprehensive list of Continuing Education courses and their corresponding curriculum programs, please visit Approved CE to CU Prior Learning Credits.

Approved Prior Learning Equivalencies

CE Course Taken Equivalent CU Course Credit Hours Awarded Effective Date
LEX 3100B Legal Issues and Concepts, 3.2 CEUs LEX 110 Introduction to Paralegal Technology 2 October 20, 2020