Paralegal Studies

About This Program:

It is the mission of the Paralegal Studies Program at Georgia Military College to prepare students for entry-level positions in both the public and private sectors of the legal community.  The paralegal industry is a growing field with many opportunities for upward mobility.  Moreover, students can begin working in this field with an associate degree.  The main objectives of this program are to educate, train and prepare students to assist attorneys in their daily tasks.  As such, students learn both legal theory and practical legal skills in a student centered environment.   Courses in this program are focused on critical thinking, communication, research, computer and organizational skills. Students are encouraged to pursue academic excellence, professional growth and high ethical standards.

Core Curriculum Requirements for the AA Degree

Core Curriculum Requirements for the AS Degree

Paralegal Concentration Degree Requirements

What Will You Learn:

  • Students should be able to articulate the various philosophical principles related to jurisprudence.
  • Students should be able to evaluate constitutional law, statutory law, and case law.
  • Students should be able to develop a research plan based on a fact pattern.
  • Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the various legal documents paralegals and attorneys prepare on a routine basis.

Program Benefits:

According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the paralegal field will grow 8% from 2014 to 2024.  This means there will be more demand for paralegals.  Currently, the median income for paralegals is $48,810 per year.  Moreover, you only need an associate degree to be competitive in the field.  There is no need for additional education.  However, students may consider this degree as a stepping stone to law school.

Paralegal Occupational Outlook

Average Cost for Degree:

$13,230 - 14,406

 

Course Descriptions

 

Degree Program Coordinator:

Christy Musgrove, cjames@gmc.edu

Justice Studies Division Chair:

Ursula Lande, ulande@gmc.edu