Paralegal Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree  

Faculty

Brian Mills
Coordinator/Instructor
(828) 448-6044
bmills@wpcc.edu

Carr Hall [map]

An Exciting Career in the Legal industry can be yours through WPCC’s Paralegal Technology Program

WPCC Faculty and Paralegal Technology Graduates pose at graduation ceremonies

WPCC faculty with Paralegal graduates

If you are interested in working in the legal industry, a career as a paralegal is a great way to start! Paralegals have opportunities to work in a variety of situations at attorney’s offices, legal departments for businesses, non-profits, and government offices. Western Piedmont Community College offers you the opportunity to prepare for a paralegal career through our award-winning program. Neal Bevans, our program coordinator and instructor, develops legal textbooks in addition to his teaching responsibilities. He brings the latest information to students in the program through his work on these materials. We also have adjunct instructors who are specialists in their field that teach courses in the program.

An Online Learning Experience

The majority of instruction in the WPCC Paralegal Technology program is web-based, which lets students take classes when and where they choose. For the courses which require face-to-face meetings at set times, we use online videoconferencing software which our is broadcast from a WPCC classroom in Morganton. Students have the option of attending these classes in-person in the classroom or online through the software. We also provide accommodations for students who need them, and we encourage you to contact our Disability Services department for more information.

Why choose Western Piedmont Community College for paralegal training?

It’s quite simple: we provide quality instruction and scheduling flexibility for our students. Paralegal is an excellent option for someone interested in law but doesn’t want to make a long-term commitment to becoming a lawyer. We invite you to learn more about Paralegal Technology below, You can file an application for admission, set up a campus tour, or get more information by contacting us using the buttons at the top of the page. Please note: A paralegal/legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice, or represent clients in a court of law.

So where can I work?

Paralegals serve attorneys and legal departments by serving as a resource person or aide. They undertake research on legal topics, assist with drafting documents, and conduct interviews. They operate behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the office, keeping project work caught up and on-schedule. Paralegals can specialize in certain types of law and serve as an integral part of the legal team. Statistics from ONET Online suggest that the salary (median to high) range for paralegals and legal assistants in North Carolina ranges from $40,750 to $64,210, with an average hourly wage from $12.86 to $30.87.

About The Program

Here’s WPCC Paralegal Program Coordinator Neal Bevans with an overview of what you will study.

What You Will Study

Paralegal Technology at WPCC is offered as a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree:

Associate in Applied Science

The A.A.S. degree in Paralegal Technology requires 67 hours of coursework, which can be completed in two years of full-time study.

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