The knowledge and skills emphasized in this program include ethical obligations; research in state and federal law; legal correspondence preparation; family law matters; basic concepts of real property law, criminal law and procedure, civil litigation, substantive contracts, commercial law and business organizations; and wills, trusts, administration and probate. The program of study provides students with specialized legal knowledge and skills required to assist lawyers in the delivery of legal services. In order to be accepted to this program, in addition to having a four year degree from an approved college/university, students must complete the following: attend a Paralegal Studies orientation conducted by one of the Paralegal Studies faculty, complete a critical thinking assessment with the program required score and complete a Paralegal Studies Student Contract.
A graduate of the Georgia Piedmont Tech’s Paralegal Studies program should be able to:
- Utilize appropriate legal terminology in written and oral communication
- Produce legal documents
- Apply legal concepts to factual situations
- Conduct legal research
- Compose a legal argument
- Obtain employment and function as a contributing member of the legal team
Students enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Studies Certificate program must complete at least 25 percent of the legal specialty courses required for award of the degree or certificate at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. In addition, each student must complete a minimum of 10 percent legal specialty courses delivered through traditional classroom instruction. The Georgia Piedmont Tech Paralegal Studies Program will only accept legal specialty transfer credits from other ABA approved schools. The Georgia Piedmont Tech Paralegal Studies Program does not award any legal specialty transfer credit through examination or portfolios.
The goal of the Paralegal Studies Program is to train students in legal theory, analytical, communication and adaptation of skills. Paralegals shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law as proscribed by the Official Code of Georgia, 15-19-51 and must work under the supervision and direction of an attorney in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia.