About the Program
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.
AWARD TYPES: Certificate Level 1, Associate of Applied Science
AREA OF STUDY: Business
Degrees and Certificates
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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.
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
Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.
Law Office Clerk, C1
Legal Assistant, A.A.S.
Legal Assistant - General, C1