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April 18, 2012
Paralegal Technology Program adds Certificate Option
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Paralegal Technology Program now offers a certificate option for prospective students. There are 18 semester hours required to complete the certificate program.

"This new certificate program will give any individual who is interested in the legal profession great insight into the paralegal profession, as a whole. The certificate can be completed in just two semesters, and will give you the essential skills necessary to investigate options in the paralegal field," explained Paralegal Technology Instructor Precious Vines. "In addition, you will be able to transfer into the associate’s degree program to further obtain potential certification as a N.C. certified paralegal."

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.

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.

Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records search, 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 new certificate will provide an option for students who do not want certification through the North Carolina Bar Association. It does not fulfill the requirements by the N.C. State Bar for a qualified certificate program and the requirements necessary to become a state certified paralegal. The credits from this certificate program may be transferred into the associate degree program, which is a qualified program with the N.C. State Bar and meets the requirements necessary to become a state certified paralegal.
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, templem@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Interim Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., rhoadesd@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239