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Paralegal Program Announces New Career Learning Initiative

(Jan. 11, 2019) - The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Paralegal Program is excited to announce a new initiative to connect participants with one of the largest paralegal professional associations in the State of Texas. Upon enrollment in the Paralegal Program, participants will receive a 12-month student membership to the San Antonio Paralegal Association (SAPA).

SAPA promotes continuing legal education and provides networking opportunities for over 100 members of the legal community. Membership in SAPA provides a variety of professional and personal benefits including:

  • educational scholarships,
  • paralegal mentorship programs,
  • professional development workshops,
  • access to an exclusive members-only job bank,
  • and opportunities to participate in community engagement programs.

For over 40 years, SAPA has worked with local bar associations to engage members of the legal profession in South Texas. Current members are employed across a variety of industries including banking, oil and gas, manufacturing, and litigation services. Several members of SAPA’s Board of Directors are employed by Fortune 500 companies.

“The Paralegal Program takes pride in promoting experiential learning,” said Gloria Brownell, paralegal program coordinator. “Learning opportunities that create a bridge to the legal community and allow our participants to organically grow their paralegal skill-set are some of the most important to their future success.”

Since its founding in 1977, SAPA has advocated ethical conduct and higher standards within the legal profession and strived to educate the general public by broadening the understanding of the function of paralegals.

“A membership to SAPA is a great step in the college-to-career pipeline,” stated Martha Gutierrez-Saul, associate director of UTSA Extended Education. “We want our participants to get a practical understanding of what the paralegal profession entails and being a member of a professional association can deliver that inside information.”

To learn more about the San Antonio Paralegal Association, visit their website at

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