Paralegals play a vital role within the legal community. They assist attorneys in the delivery of affordable and quality legal services to clients. The American Bar Association (ABA) approved Paralegal Studies program at Atlanta Technical College prepares students to pursue a rewarding career as paralegal. For over 20 years, the program has equipped students with the legal knowledge and the practical skills necessary to succeed in the legal industry.
Atlanta Technical College paralegal graduates work in government agencies, private law firms, non-profits, and corporate legal departments throughout metro Atlanta. Dedicated, diverse and experienced instructors teach core general education and legal specialty courses including civil litigation, criminal law & procedure, family law, bankruptcy, real estate and contracts. Upon completion of the program students will 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.
All students are required to complete an internship. This experience provides practical, hands-on knowledge needed to get students ready to work as a skilled member of a legal team. We also offer day, evening and online course options for working students.
Upon completion of the program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree. The Paralegal Studies program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education http://www.aafpe.org/ and has a Chapter of LEX, Lambda Epsilon Chi, the national paralegal honor society.
For additional information, contact Ms. Keisha D. Hudson, JD, Department Chair
Unauthorized Practice of Law -According to the Official Code of Georgia 15-19-51, paralegals shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law and must work under the supervision and direction of an attorney in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. NOTE: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Estimated Program Cost: $10,451
- Must be 16 years of age
- Completion of high school or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply.
- Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
- A student must complete at least ten semester credit hours or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.
- Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the Registrar. Any student seeking to transfer paralegal classes for credit may be asked to provide the Paralegal Studies Program Director and the Registrar's Office with a copy of a course description and syllabus for every class for which transfer credit is sought. Whether a paralegal course is transferable to Atlanta Technical College is subject to the discretion of the Paralegal Studies Program Director and the Registrar's Office. Atlanta Technical College reserves the right to request additional course materials for any class for which transfer credit is sought. Transfer credit may only be given for courses that are equivalent in content and credit hours.
Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.
The paralegal studies program has the following stated goals and objectives as adopted by the Technical College System of Georgia Instructional Faculty Consortium Committee:
1. Utilize appropriate legal terminology in written and oral communication.
2. Produce legal documents.
3. Apply legal concepts to factual situations.
4. Conduct legal research.
5. Compose a legal argument.
At a Glance
Program Specific Elective-Select Nine Hours from the Following (9 hours)
Introduces the student to the basic concepts of administrative law including the legislative process related to enabling the agency. The Administrative Procedure Act (federal and state) is covered. Topics also include agency discretion, due process, delegation, rulemaking, investigation, information collection, informal proceeding, hearings, and judicial review. Because paralegals are permitted to represent individuals in some agency proceedings (e.g., social security, unemployment, etc.), the students are introduced to the various aspects of such representation.