Designed and instructed by Texas attorneys, this online non-credit program trains students to be knowledgeable, ethical, and effective assistants to attorneys. Paralegals, also called legal assistants, perform many legal tasks under attorney supervision, including legal research, document drafting, fact investigation, case management, and preparation for trial.
The program, designed to quickly and efficiently develop the job skills demanded by legal employers, can be completed in three semesters. Although participants will receive a broad-based education developing the core knowledge needed to work in any jurisdiction, this program recognizes that the law varies from state to state and uniquely prepares students to work in a Texas law office.
This professional development program is comprised of three courses: Paralegal 1, Paralegal 2, and Paralegal 3, each of which is a semester in length. Courses can be completed entirely at a distance, although field trips to a local law library and courthouse will be required.
Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive the UTSA Paralegal Certificate, recognized by employers. The program, together with a certain amount of college credit or experience as a legal assistant, qualifies students to sit for NALA’s Certified Legal Assistant exam, although many employers do not require employees to do so. For details about the CLA, please visit www.nala.org.
Courses are delivered via UTSA’s Blackboard website and contain multimedia and creative instructional technology.
To ensure success in the program participants must be familiar with the Internet and Microsoft Word. The program requires extensive use of a personal computer as well as a dependable connection to the Internet.