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Precious Vines Harris
White (Building 1), room 135A
919-536-7200, ext. 8071

* This program is financial aid eligible.
* Most courses can be completed online.

Paralegal Technology

Long Term

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.

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Main Campus

Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
LEX-110 Introduction to Paralegal Study 2
LEX-140 Civil Litigation I 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

University Transfer

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