SMC to offer Personal Injury and the Law of Torts Course

Spartanburg Methodist College announced today that they will be offering a Personal Injury and the Law of Torts for Paralegals course in the Spring I, 2015 term of their Paralegal Certificate Program, beginning on Tuesday evenings, February 24.

The 10-week course will present fundamental concepts of tort law with emphasis on the paralegal’s role, from the initial client meeting to the litigation process during trial and/or settlement. Topics will include intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability.  Hypothetical scenarios will demonstrate how abstract tort law pertains to real life accidents and injuries and provide students with opportunities to apply key concepts to the types of cases they will encounter on the job. Students will also benefit from the course’s accompanying textbook which includes an introduction to medical terms, basic anatomy, common prescription drug types, and medical tests that may be encountered when reviewing medical records.

“We are pleased to have local attorney Ryan F. McCarty with the Burts Turner & Rhodes law firm join us as the instructor for this much anticipated course,” shared Yvonne Harper, Director of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Program. McCarty, originally from Dayton, Ohio, graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, earning a B.A. in Political Science.   While at The Citadel, McCarty was a member of the Cadre, Dean’s List, Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, Commandant’s List and President’s List for both academic and military achievement.  Following The Citadel, he graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law, where he was the recipient of the President’s Scholarship.

McCarty began working as an Assistant Solicitor in the Seventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office under Solicitor Trey Gowdy. During his six year tenure he prosecuted hundreds of cases including DUI, Forgery, Burglary, Larceny, Financial Transaction Card Fraud and Theft, Drug Trafficking, Drug Distribution and PWID, Simple Possession, Assault and Battery and Murder.  In January of 2012, he became an associate of Burts Turner & Rhodes and currently practices in the areas of Criminal  Law (General Sessions and Magistrate Court Offenses); Family Law; Divorce; Child Custody; Civil Litigation; Contracts; Probate Law; Personal Injury; Workers’ Compensation; Automobile Accidents and Injuries; Wrongful Death and Survival Actions; Estate Litigation; and Wills.

Since 1997, the SMC Paralegal Certificate Evening Program has been helping adult students attain the necessary skills to advance their careers in the legal field. Consisting of 14 ten-week courses, the program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers, and provides personalized academic advisement. Instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which paralegals are most in demand. Faculty, composed of local judges, attorneys and paralegals, provide networking opportunities and offer real-world experience with practical application. Classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. For additional information or to register for the course, visit www.smcsc.edu/paralegal/or contact harpery@smcsc.edu or call 864-266-7409.