Students

Paralegal Studies

Thank you for your interest in the Paralegal Studies Program at Reynolds Community College. We are pleased that you are considering our American Bar Association approved program.

For over 35 years our Paralegal Program has prepared students like you to enter the exciting and challenging legal field as a paralegal.  We can personally attest to the tremendous value of a qualified paralegal.  Paralegals really make a difference in the lives of the clients they help serve.  You are about to embark upon a rewarding career path of which you can be proud.

We work hard to ensure that our courses are delivering practical content and preparing you to start your career on the right foot.  Our paralegal and attorney instructors bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the classroom.  And their dedication and passion for teaching is second to none.  The skills you learn here today will be the foundation for your career tomorrow.

We invite you to explore our program offerings, and learn how you too can become a paralegal.  With convenient day and evening classes just about everyone can create a class schedule that fits their busy lives.

If you have any questions about the program or would like to schedule a time to talk, please feel free to contact Melissa Brooks at mbrooks@reynolds.edu or (804) 523-5605.   We hope you will choose Reynolds Community College for your paralegal education.  

See full course curriculum.

 

Program Goal

To provide an educational foundation that assists students in becoming ethical, professional and effective paralegals or legal assistants.

Objectives

  • Graduates will be capable of communicating orally and in writing using correct grammar and appropriate analytical skills
  • Graduates will be able to perform legal research and demonstrate knowledge of proper legal citation.
  •  Graduates in the General Practice Specialization will have an adequate knowledge of the core classes and demonstrate an ability to assist in a real estate closing, a bankruptcy proceeding, and in estate planning and probate.
  • Graduates in the Litigation Specialization will have an adequate knowledge of the core classes and will be capable of assisting the attorney in preparation for trial.
  • Graduates will demonstrate an adequate knowledge of computer software including computerized legal research.

Students may work in the following areas

  • Law firms
  • Government agencies
  • Corporations
  • Court System
  • Mortgage Companies
  • Title Insurance Companies
  • Banks

Full-time or part-time

 Students may attend full-time or part-time.  Many students are employed while attending school.  The Program offers classes during the day and evening.  

Ethics statement 

Legal Assistants, paralegals and other non-lawyers are prohibited from practicing law without a license and may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

ABA Approval