Paralegal Studies

About This Program:

It is the mission of the Paralegal Studies Program at Georgia Military College to prepare students for entry-level positions in both the public and private sectors of the legal community.  The paralegal industry is a growing field with many opportunities for upward mobility.  Moreover, students can begin working in this field with an associate’s degree.  The main objectives of our program are to educate, train and prepare students to assist attorneys in their daily tasks.  As such, students learn both legal theory and practical legal skills in a student centered environment.   Courses in our program are focused on critical thinking, communication, research, computer and organizational skills. Students are encouraged to pursue academic excellence, professional growth and high ethical standards.

What Will You Learn:

  • Students should be able to articulate the various philosophical principles related to jurisprudence;
  • Students should be able to evaluate constitutional law, statutory law, and case law;
  • Students should be able to develop a research plan based on a fact pattern; and
  • Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the various legal documents paralegals and attorneys prepare

Program Benefits:

According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the paralegal field will grow 17% from 2010 to 2020.  This means there will be more demand for paralegals.  Currently the median income for paralegals is $46,900 per year.  Moreover, you only need an associate’s degree to be competitive in the field.  See the Department of Labor Statistics for more information at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm There is no need for additional education.  However, students may consider this degree as a stepping stone to law school. 

Program Length:

A.A. - 95/98 Quarter Hours
A.S. - 90/94 Quarter Hours