USC Paralegal Certificate Program

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Upcoming Programs

Online Program
July 6 – December 16, 2015

  • Meets Mon/Wed
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Classroom Program
April 25 - October 11, 2015

  • Meets Saturdays
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Tuition for the Paralegal Certificate is $4,995 (includes all textbooks or e-textbooks).


USC Paralegal Certificate Instructors


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Janet HaiglerJanet B. Haigler: Family Law

Janet B. Haigler is a member of Haigler Law Firm LLC and has practiced in the area of bankruptcy, creditor rights, and commercial litigation for over twenty years.  In 2014, Ms. Haigler was appointed by the Office of the United States Trustee as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the District of South Carolina.  Ms. Haigler is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law.  A frequent lecturer on bankruptcy, she served as a member of the Advisory and Local Rules Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina and has been named one of the top attorneys in South Carolina on the Super Lawyers list.  As an adjutant professor, Ms. Haigler has taught legal research, bankruptcy, and family law.   Ms. Haigler can be reached at Haigler Law Firm LLC, Post Office Box 505, Chapin, South Carolina 29036, phone number 803-261-9806.


Robert "Sam" Phillips: Tort Law & Personal Injury

Robert "Sam" Phillips is an associate with the Finkel Law Firm with practice areas including construction litigation, appellate practice and toxic mold litigation. Mr. Phillips began the practice of law in 1999 when he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school, he worked as the assistant editor of the South Carolina Environmental Law Journal and was a member of the Order of the Barristers, John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court, and the Moot Court Bar. Upon graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Jasper M. Cureton of the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Prior to law school, Mr. Phillips served as an Armor and Cavalry Officer in the United States Army and he worked for Emro Marketing Company as a district manager in Georgia and South Carolina. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Richland County Bar Association.


Jordan StallingsJordan T. Stallings: Contract Law

Jordan T. Stallings is an associate attorney with Blair Cato Pickren Casterline, LLC. Jordan concentrates his practice in real estate matters, including real estate transactions, contract review and drafting, title issue resolution, and estate planning. While obtaining dual Bachelor degrees in Real Estate and Finance at the University of South Carolina, Jordan worked for a number of property management companies in a variety of roles ranging from leasing and management to sales and marketing. Prior to law school, he gained extensive lending experience as a loan officer at Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union.

While attending law school at the University of South Carolina, Jordan founded and became President of the Real Estate Law Society. He also served as a Staff Member for the Real Property Trust and Estate Law Journal, served on the Graduate Student Finance Committee, and was a Student Attorney for the Non-Profit Organizations Clinic. Jordan received CALI awards in Real Estate Transactions, Legal Research and Writing, Advanced Evidence, and Liberty Seminar. During this time, Jordan was also employed as a Law Clerk at Rogers Townsend where he went on to become an associate attorney in the firmís Real Estate Department.



Lisa M. Hostetler: Contract Law

Lisa Hostetler is an associate with Rogers, Townsend & Thomas representing clients in a variety of business matters including contract review and drafting, land development, zoning, landlord and tenant matters, tax appeals, and simple estate planning. She is responsible for supervising and training approximately 20 paralegals in the real estate department. Ms. Hostetler graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law with an honors designation.

Ms. Hostetler is a member of the South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers Division, Lexington County Bar Association, Richland Bar Association, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, Greater Columbia Homebuilders Association, and the Palmetto Land Title Association.

Ms. Hostetler has taught continuing legal education classes on "Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient" and "Landlord Ė Tenant Law Update" and has helped educate lenders on RESPA changes.



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