CPCC Paralegal Program
CPCC's Paralegal Technology Program is the foremost paralegal program in the Western
Piedmont region of North Carolina. It is approved by the American Bar Association
and is a qualified paralegal studies program of the North Carolina State Bar!
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
The Paralegal Technology program's primary goal is to provide students with the legal knowledge
and practical skills necessary to become competent, ethical professionals.
What is a Paralegal?
The American Bar Association defines a paralegal as "...a person, qualified by education, training or
work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental
agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a
lawyer is responsible." The paralegal plays an important role in allowing lawyers to provide high-quality,
reasonably priced legal services. Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in civil and criminal trial practice,
title searches, estate administration, investigations, public record searches, drafting, filing legal documents,
and other legal tasks.
The paralegal profession is among the fastest growing professions in the United States. Attorneys are
constantly in search of good paralegals. A paralegal education is also valuable for individuals who wish
to enter other professions in which a legal background is helpful.
Students may take a combination of traditional, hybrid, and online courses; however, students
are required to take at least ten semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.
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