Associate Degree

Paralegal Studies

An affordable path to prepare for entry-level positions in both the public and private sectors of the legal field. This associate’s program transfers to a bachelor’s degree.

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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.

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Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators facilitate negotiation and dialogue between disputing parties to help resolve conflicts outside of the court system.
Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators
Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators evaluate insurance claims.
Lawyers
Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

What You Will Learn

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Students should be able to articulate the various philosophical principles related to jurisprudence.

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Students should be able to evaluate constitutional law, statutory law, and case law.

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Students should be able to develop a research plan based on a fact pattern.

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Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the various legal documents paralegals and attorneys prepare on a routine basis.

In-Class or Online

Whether you want to attend classes online, or at our historic Milledgeville campus, or at any of our eleven satellite locations, we have a convenient option just for you.

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Why pay more for the same degree?

Thanks to our Transfer Agreements, GMC students can take their college credits with them to dozens of other colleges and universities. Why pay more for core curriculum when you take the same accredited courses at GMC for less, and then transfer to the four-year college of your choice? Here’s a cost comparison:

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Concentration Courses

PLG 110 Introduction to Law and Ethics 5qh

An introduction to the legal system and legal practice and principles. This course provides an overview of the legal system, the role of paralegals within the system, and law office procedures. The course also focuses on critical thinking, communication skills, case analysis, the laws of contracts and torts, and ethical issues confronted by legal professionals. In addition, the course provides an overview of paralegal careers and employment techniques.

PLG 120 Legal Research and Writing

This course includes the regulation of practice and the skills necessary for successful practice. There will be an emphasis on computer science skills necessary for the preparation of legal documents, which includes dictation, drafting, motions, complaints, and answers, and researching precedent.

Prerequisite: ENG 101

Hiring Partners

GMC is fortunate to have partnerships with a wide range of businesses who hire our graduates. Here are a few of our partners:

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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.

Degree Program Coordinator


Christy Musgrove, cmusgrove@gmc.edu

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.

Cost for the Degree


Average Cost for this Degree:
$8,280

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