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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Daniel R. D'Alberto: Civil Litigation

Daniel R. D'Alberto is an associate with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP with a wide variety of experience advising businesses in the areas of complex business litigation, patent litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, and securities litigation. Mr. D'Alberto has significant experience advising businesses regarding governmental investigations, director and officer indemnification claims, and employee noncompete provisions. In addition to speaking at numerous seminars regarding electronic discovery and data privacy, Mr. D'Alberto has assisted Fortune 500 companies in developing comprehensive e-discovery platforms, as well as small businesses regarding cost-effective e-discovery risk reduction strategies.

In 2008, Mr. D'Alberto received the Nelson Mullins Renaissance Associate Award, an award given to one associate Firmwide who best demonstrates achievement in client service, training, pro bono, marketing, recruiting, and productivity. Mr. D'Alberto is a member of the South Carolina Bar, Defense Research Institute, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, and the American Bar Association.

Mr. D'Alberto earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2005. While in law school, he was named to the Order of the Wig and Robe. He also received CALI Awards in American Legal History and Criminal Law and served as an articles editor for the ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal.


Jan M. Baker: Legal Research & Writing

Jan M. Baker teaches Legal Writing I, Legal Writing II, and Consumer Bankruptcy Drafting at the University of South Carolina School of Law. After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, she began her legal career as a Law Clerk to The Honorable George L. Proctor, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

Before joining the Law School faculty, Ms. Baker was in private practice with King & Dalrymple, P.A., dedicating her practice to representing consumers and small businesses in personal and corporate bankruptcy cases. She is a co-author of The South Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual (2d ed. 2008) and a Bankruptcy chapter in The Paralegal Survival Guide (1999). On the lighter side, she also co-authored two coloring books for The South Carolina Bar Association, one addressing the role of lawyers in society and another addressing the sensitive issue of divorce.

Ms. Baker is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Georgia Bar (inactive). She is an author, a frequent lecturer and a frequent moderator at seminars focusing on Legal Writing, Legal Citation, and Bankruptcy Practice.


Robert "Sam" Phillips: Intro to Law and 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.


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 Tenant Law Update" and has helped educate lenders on RESPA changes.



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