The Paralegal Program consists of the following sections: Introduction to Law, Legal Research, Civil Litigation I & II, Legal Writing, Contracts and Business Organizations, LexisNexis and ProDoc, Family Law, Wills and Probate, and Criminal Law and Procedure. Below you will find clock hours and course descriptions.
The Paralegal Program curriculum consists of three phases. All three phases are to be completed in eleven months.
Introduction to Law (18 clock hours) - Orientation to the paralegal profession; ethics, including the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct; basic legal concepts; and the Texas and federal court systems. Includes tour of Bexar County Courthouse and Grammar lab.
Legal Research (35.5 clock hours) - Hands-on use of digests, case reporters, statutory codes and secondary sources to locate law relevant to the client's case; introduction to legal analysis and legal writing. Includes Library Research labs.
Civil Litigation I (21.5 clock hours) - Introduction to the Texas and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence, which govern civil litigation; study of the paralegal's role during case investigation, preparation, and trial with emphasis on civil litigation in the Texas state courts. Includes Legal Writing lab.
Civil Litigation II (10.5 clock hours) - Interviewing clients and witnesses; recognizing causes of action underlying civil litigation, including intentional torts, negligence and professional.
Legal Writing (18.5 clock hours) - Drafting litigation documents, legal correspondence, research memoranda and other legal documents for attorney review. Includes career skills workshops and civil discovery lab.
Contracts and Business Organizations (30.5 clock hours) - The paralegal's role in a business law practice, including the substantive law of contracts and remedies for breach; types of business ownership; State of Texas incorporation procedure; legal research and drafting projects.
LexisNexis and ProDoc (15.5 clock hours) - Using the computer to complement traditional legal research methods and streamline legal document drafting.
Family Law (30 clock hours) - The paralegal's role in a family law practice, including the substantive law and procedures relating to divorce, community property, conservatorship and child support, with emphasis on the Texas Family Code; legal research and drafting projects. Includes family law discovery lab, Prodoc labs, career skills workshops.
Wills and Probate (20 clock hours) - The paralegal's role in a wills and probate practice, including preparation of basic wills and other estate planning documents; the law of intestate succession; probate procedures with emphasis on the Texas Probate Code; legal research and drafting projects. Includes Prodoc labs.
Criminal Law and Procedure (25 clock hours) - The paralegal's role in the criminal justice system with emphasis on the Texas Penal Code and Texas Code of Criminal Procedure; legal research and drafting projects. Includes criminal law discovery lab, Prodoc labs, career skills workshops.