Pre-Law and Paralegal Studies


The pre-law program cultivates logical reasoning, critical analysis, and writing skills needed for law school admission. Students receive guidance and practical information to maximize opportunities for success in the field of law.

A bachelor' degree is generally required for entrance into a law college. Generally, the first two years of this requirement may be met at Volunteer State Community College by the completion of the pre-law program. While not required for acceptance into law school, a pre-law degree can provide a significant advantage and valuable guidance.

Paralegal Studies

In the summer of 2017, Volunteer State Community College made the decision to "inactivate" Paralegal Studies. As of August 28, 2017, no new students are being accepted into the program. Current students will have until the end of the Fall 2019 semester to complete their studies. It is important that current students meet each semester with the program coordinator, before registration begins, to ensure they register for the classes they need to successfully complete their degree or certificate programs.

The Paralegal Studies Program at Volunteer State Community College is designed to prepare students for a career as a paralegal or legal assistant, as well as to provide students a general understanding of substantive and procedural legal principles. The program is designed for the education of paralegals and teaches appropriate paralegal knowledge and skills.

Paralegal skills emphasized include: legal research, legal document preparation, and an understanding of basic substantive and procedural law. This program is rigorous and requires excellent communication skills.