Paralegal Program

Paralegal_Class_of_2010Every success story has a beginning. Since 1997, our Paralegal Certificate Program has been helping working adult students attain the necessary skills to advance their careers in the legal field.

The Spartanburg Methodist College Paralegal Certificate Program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Our staff provides personalized academic advisement. Our faculty, composed of local attorneys and paralegals, provide networking opportunities and offer real-world experience with practical application. Instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which paralegals are most in demand. The program provides students with marketable job skills and will help students increase their office’s efficiency, productivity, and billable hours.

Our courses will enrich your life and fit your busy lifestyle. The SMC Paralegal Certificate Program consists of 14* courses, offered in 10 sessions, with each session lasting 10 weeks. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

Paralegals provide critical and integral support to lawyers, corporations, public institutions and other employers, and they have established themselves to be an indispensable workforce within the legal system since the 1960s. While paralegals may not provide legal advice without the supervision of a lawyer, they do perform many integral tasks in the day-to-day operations of the law.

Different categories of paralegals offer specialized skills. A probate paralegal may interview clients while conducting the collection, valuing and transfer of assets. A corporate paralegal working within a large corporation may help write employee benefit plans, employment handbooks, agreements, or perform patent and trademark searches, and assist in intellectual property issues. A family paralegal may have a significant role maintaining client contact and helping clients sort through legal issues. A litigation paralegal plays an important role in case management up to and including trial. Whatever the role, the paralegal provides an integral part of the legal team. SMC’s Paralegal Certificate program offers a high quality education, providing you with the fundamental skills you need to succeed in today’s world of paralegal professionals.

Program at a Glance