program overview

paralegal technology

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* this program is financial aid eligible.
* most courses can be completed online.
the paralegal technology curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks and assisting with substantive legal work. a paralegal/legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice, or represent clients in a court of law.

course work includes substantive and procedural legal knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts, and commercial law. required courses also include subjects such as english, mathematics, and computer utilization.

graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records search, drafting and filing legal documents, research, and office management. employment opportunities are available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies, and other business organizations.
spring application deadline is jan 05

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)


main campus

credit hours


program stats

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average salary

outline of person

average class size


estimated completion time

20-24 months

current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
aca-122 college transfer success 1
acc-115 college accounting 4
cis-110 introduction to computers 3
com-231 public speaking 3
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
eng-112 writing and research in the disciplines 3
lex-121 legal research/writing ii 3
lex-141 civil litigation ii 3
lex-180 Case Analysis & Reasoning 2
lex-220 corporate law 2
lex-240 family law 3
lex-260 bankruptcy and collections 3
lex-285 workers' compensation law 2
lex-287 cla review seminar 2
mat-110 mathematical measurement and literacy 3
wbl-110 world of work 1
wbl-111 work-based learning i 1
headshot of Theresa Holmes in library

“what i love most about the paralegal technology program is that many of my instructors are practicing lawyers so they bring real world experience into the classroom. i recently decided i didn’t want another job, i wanted a career and i saw durham tech as a vehicle to a better life.”

—theresa holmes