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Paralegal Certificate Program

UTSA Paralegal Program

The Paralegal Certificate Program is designed and taught by local, practicing attorneys to prepare participants to be knowledgeable, ethical, and effective while emphasizing legal areas where paralegals are most in demand. Paralegals, also called legal assistants, perform many tasks under attorney supervision, such as legal research, document drafting, fact investigation, case management, and preparation for trial.

The program is comprised of three phases/semesters: Paralegal 1, Paralegal 2, and Paralegal 3. The program builds skills from the ground up at an accelerated rate (approximately 13 weeks long per phase). The entire program can be completed in 11 months. Although participants will receive a broad-based education developing the knowledge needed to work in any jurisdiction/state, the program prepares participants to work in a Texas law office. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a UTSA Paralegal Certificate of Completion.

The UTSA’s Paralegal Certificate Program does not offer college credit. Therefore, program participants do not qualify for federal aid or grants, but you may seek private continuing education/career training loans. Military educational benefits, such as the G.I. Bill, may apply.

Paralegals/Legal Assistants are “certified” by private organizations. The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) are two of the major national private organizations that offer professional certification to Paralegals/Legal Assistants. The UTSA Paralegal Certificate of Completion is not associated with these certifications.

Classroom vs Online Learning

Guided Courthouse Tour
Classroom Attendance Required
Personal Instructor Feedback
Communication Workshops (resume, cover letter, mock interviews)
Access to Library Resources
Guided Library Experiences
San Antonio Paralegal Association Membership
Offered year-round (fall, spring, summer)
Instructed by Practicing Attorneys
Program can be Completed in 11 Months
Access to Lexis Nexis on your Personal Computer
Access to ProDoc on your Personal Computer
Course Binder Provided
Videotaped Lectures
Discussion Board Participation Required
Friday Deadlines for Assignments and Quizzes
Paralegal Information Sessions
UTSA Exended Education

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