Paralegal Technology

The Paralegal Program at Pitt Community College prepares graduates to succeed as professional, ethical, problem-solving members of legal teams and other work environments that make use of legal professionals.

Paralegals may not give legal advice, accept or reject a case, set a fee for an attorney, or appear before a court or tribunal. In all other respects, a well-trained paralegal working under the supervision of an attorney has the ability to provide a comprehensive range of legal services on behalf of his or her employer for their clients.

The Paralegal Department offers traditional day and evening classroom instruction and some internet classes. Students must take a least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

Both the Paralegal Technology Associate Degree and the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma are approved by the American Bar Association and by the North Carolina State Bar.

ABA approved paralegal program

For more information regarding the Paralegal Technology program, contact Vicki Coleman, Department Chair at 252-493-7495 or vgcoleman356@my.pittcc.edu.

Private law firms
Corporate legal departments
Government legal departments
County courthouses
Public interest non-profits
Lending institutions
Public benefits agencies
Title insurance companies
Regulatory compliance offices
Contracts negotiation and management entities
Public and private investigations

Intro to Paralegal Study
Legal Research & Writing I & II
Civil Injuries
Civil Litigation I & II
Commercial Law I & II
Criminal Law & Procedures
Administrative Law
Real Property I & II
Bankruptcy & Collections
Family Law
Wills, Estates, & Trusts
Ethics & Professionalism

In the Paralegal Technology program, students learn how to:

  • use substantive legal knowledge to locate and complete appropriate court and agency documents such as the paperwork used to form a business corporation or to administer the estate of a person who has died.
  • apply substantive legal knowledge to draft appropriate legal documents such as those filed with the court in lawsuits and domestic disputes.
  • perform legal research with both print and electronic resources, and draft case briefs and legal memoranda.
  • identify ethical issues and comply with the NC Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • research and record critical information from the public record, such as ownership information for real estate purchases.