Programs of Study
For more information, including a description of the program, Program Learning Outcomes, and the requirements to earn an associate degree and/or certificate, click on the program name below.
Associate of Applied Science
Paralegal Technology, A.A.S. Program
Graduates of our Paralegal Technology Associate in Applied Science degree program are finding rewarding job opportunities and career advancement in a competitive marketplace. If you are looking to begin a legal career or begin working toward an advanced degree, this is a great starting place.
A paralegal/legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice,
or represent clients in a court of law.
What You’ll Learn
Our curriculum will give you all the basics and build a firm foundation. The application-based assignments will teach you how to use all that you’re learning, and along the way, you will develop an impressive portfolio of work to present in job interviews. As you earn this degree you will learn:
- about the role paralegals play in our legal system
- basic concepts about business, civil, criminal, domestic, and civil injuries law
- how the court system and litigation process works
- foundations for legal research
- how to properly cite legal authorities
- legal ethics
- about the NC Rules of Professional Conduct
- how to assist an attorney in preparing and filing legal documents
A Program That Meets Your Personal Goals
One of the most significant benefits of Gaston College’s Paralegal Technology, A.A.S. degree is its flexibility. This two-year program will make you workforce-ready. Qualified graduates are eligible to sit for the North Carolina Certified Paralegal (NCCP) exam, which opens up many career opportunities in private law firms, government agencies, banks, insurance firms, and other business organizations.
Students who wish to further their studies will find that some 4-year colleges count your courses at Gaston College as credits toward a bachelor’s degree in a related career field. Your faculty advisor will answer all your questions and help you pick a path that meets your personal goals.
Our Work-Based Learning Resource: Your Pass to Exclusive Job Opportunities
Gaston College students have an incredible resource through our Work-Based Learning and Placement Office called College Central Network. This program lets alumni and potential employers post job positions and search the resumes of participating students. As a student or alumni of Gaston College, you have access to over half a million national job postings. Some of these positions are listed only through our portal.
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Kyndra Messick, J.D., Faculty