The goal of the paralegal program in the Mike Cottrell College of Business is not only to train students in the practical application of legal theory, but to fine tune their analytical, communication and organizational skills, while always being aware of the unauthorized practice of law prohibition.
Students who enroll in the paralegal studies certificate program must already have obtained either an associate's degree (A.A. or A.S.) or a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited institution.
Students may then take the 33 semester hours required to complete a certificate in paralegal studies. These semester hours are a combination of 7 required courses (21 semester hours), 3 elective courses (9 semester hours) and a required general education course on the legal environment of business. Since required paralegal courses are offered once per year, and all elective paralegal courses are offered every other year, students should expect to spend at least two academic years earning their certificate.
Paralegals may not provide legal service directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Georgia prohibits the practice of law by non-lawyers. Paralegal programs in the Mike Cottrell College of Business are not accredited by the AACSB but are American Bar Association approved.
Transfer PolicyThe University of North Georgia (UNG) has adopted the following policy to be used when a student requests transfer credit for any paralegal course taken at another institution. Any student seeking to obtain transfer credit for any specific paralegal course taken at another institution must provide the following documentation and information to the Registrar’s Office: 1. (a) The name and address of the institution; (b) A transcript or other equivalent showing the course title, date taken, and grade received; (c) The course syllabus; and (d) Documentation of whether the paralegal program at the institution has obtained ABA approval. 2. Upon receipt of the above, the Registrar will consult with the Director of the UNG Paralegal Program as to whether transfer credit shall be given for the course requested. 3. Transfer credit will only be allowed if the course complies with all criteria of an equivalent course offered in the UNG Paralegal Studies program. 4. Transfer credit will only be allowed for a course in which the student received a 2.0 or higher. 5. The maximum number of legal specialty credit allowed for transfer shall not exceed nine semester hours. 6. UNG will not allow transfer credit for any course which was taken at an institution (other than a University System of Georgia school) which is not ABA approved. Transfer credit policies for all non-legal specialty courses are available on the Registrar’s transfer information webpage.