The Paralegal Technology program prepares individuals to perform research, drafting, investigation, recordkeeping and related administrative functions under the supervision of an attorney or court or business. The program includes instruction in legal research, document drafting, law office procedures, pleadings, courthouse procedures, and legal specialization.

Degrees and Certificates

Paralegal Technology - AAS

Law Office Clerk - Certificate

Legal Assistant - Certificate

Legal Assistant-Medical Specialization - Certificate

Program Information

General Requirements

The Paralegal Technology program prepares individuals to perform research, drafting, investigation, record-keeping and related administrative functions under the supervision of an attorney or court or business. The program includes instruction in legal research, document drafting, law office procedures, pleadings, courthouse procedures, and legal specialization.

The field is growing rapidly, and the need for trained individuals in the area is critical. The program may also be useful for pre-law training.

As an option for the Paralegal Technology elective, students may take LGLA 1370-ProDoc for Paralegals. At the conclusion of this course, students have the opportunity to take the exam offered by ProDoc, Inc., a division of Thompson-Reuters located at 610 Opperman Dr., Eagan, Minnesota 55123. Successful completion of the exam certifies students in ProDoc software.

Paralegals are not authorized by the State Bar of Texas to give legal advice or perform legal work without the supervision of an attorney.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one Certificate in Paralegal Technology - Legal Assistant. Students must choose from one of the following two specializations: General or Medical.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze the current law on Paralegal Licensing and Certification as it pertains to their individual goals by mapping their personal career paths and comparing it to the state licensing requirements.
  • Formulate answer day in Texas for a Civil Lawsuit after service of citation.
  • Interpret a Legal issue dealing with Texas State Court Law and prepare/reach a Legal Conclusion.
  • Prepare a general denial/answer and a simple legal petition using Texas style of form.
  • Illustrate basic courtroom etiquette and court filing procedure in Texas.

Employment

There are 5,168 Paralegals and Legal Assistants employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 10.1% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 231 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $27.33 hourly, $57,000 annually

Continuing Education Programs

Continuing Education certificates offer contact hours, not academic credit. One Continuing Education Unit, or CEU, is 10 contact hours of successful participation/completion in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. CEUs are not substituted for college credit hours, but rather are a means of reporting continuing education activities. Transcripts listing CEU credits satisfactorily completed are available on request. CEUs are recognized internationally as a measure of substantial professional education and training.

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