Paralegal Program Offers One-Year Technical Certificate

Submitted on October 10, 2011 at 9:08 AM

The Volunteer State Community College Paralegal Studies Program is now offering a one-year technical certificate for people who already have a bachelor's degree and are looking for new career training. The certificate program is approved by the American Bar Association. Paralegals assist attorneys with legal work for laws offices, corporations and government agencies. Paralegal skills emphasize legal research, legal document preparation, and understanding basic substantive and procedural law.

"I knew what paralegals did from my past work experience," said Randall Purvis of Hendersonville, a recent graduate of the certificate program. "I like the challenge of working within the law and helping people. It's a big deal that the technical certificate is ABA approved. The certificate has already helped me get some job interviews."

The technical certificate training can help students get a promotion in their existing field, transition to a new field, or decide whether or not to pursue law school. All candidates must meet with the program coordinator prior to registration for law classes and submit proof of their undergraduate degree.

The Vol State Paralegal Studies Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The College offers associate of applied science and associate of science degrees in Paralegal Studies, in addition to the new technical certificate. For more information visit


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