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Online Paralegal Program

Designed and instructed by Texas attorneys, this online non-credit program is 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

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.

Virtual Classroom vs. Online Program

Courthouse Project
Classroom Attendance Required
Personal Instructor Feedback
Communication Workshops (resume, cover letter, mock interviews)
Access to Library Resources
Library Research Experience
San Antonio Paralegal Association Membership
Offered year-round (fall, spring, summer)
Instructed by Practicing Attorneys
Program can be Completed in 11 Months
Access to Nexis Uni on your Personal Computer
Access to TXdocs on your Personal Computer
Videotaped Lectures
Discussion Board Participation Required
Friday Deadlines for Assignments and Quizzes

Program Cost

The program cost per semester is $1,750. Textbooks are not included in the program price. Students paying by use of an approved benefits program or loan will be permitted to attend class pending receipt of the payment/disbursement if, prior to the registration deadline, all loan and/or benefit pre-approval forms have been received in the paralegal office.

If paying for the program in full, program costs for the three-semester program is $5,250. Students who pay in this manner must take each course consecutively as it is offered. Failure to do so will result in the student not being registered in the program, and it will initiate the refund procedure. Monies paid in advance will be refunded, less a nonrefundable $150 processing fee.

If you currently work in the legal field, you may wish to ask your employer to reimburse all or a portion of the cost for the program.

Payment Options

The UTSA Paralegal Program takes pride in being a career-focused learning destination that emphasizes a contemporary curriculum developed by expert instructors, but most importantly, in delivering a program that is accessible to all who are seeking a direct career path into the legal field.

In an effort to dilute the financial barrier to entry and maintain the financial health of students, the Paralegal Program has introduced structured payment plans with reduced fees. In addition, the program has implemented a student loan comparison tool to assist prospective students in making informed decisions.

Payment Plans

The Paralegal Certificate Program offers affordable payment plans to assist participants through all three semesters: Paralegal 1, Paralegal 2, and Paralegal 3.

Participants are required to remit each payment according to the payment plan schedule below. A payment must be received by Extended Education no later than 5:00pm on the date corresponding with the numbered payment. If payment is not received, the participant will be dropped from the program without a refund.

Payment Plan Schedule - Spring 2021

Total semester cost $1,750.00 payable in up to three payments:

Installment Amount Due Date
One $550.00 During Participant Registration
Two $600.00 TBD
Three $600.00 TBD

Each payment will incur a $25.00 Transaction Fee. If the semester cost is paid in full prior to the start of the semester, the Transaction Fee will be waived. Participants may pay the semester cost in two payments, if requested.

*This plan does not include the ‘Information Session Discount,’ associated with the first semester cost only. If you attended an information session, please refer to the payment plan schedule below.

Payment Plan with Information Session Discount - Spring 2021

Total semester cost $1,575.00 payable in up to three payments:

Installment Amount Due Date
One $525.00 During Participant Registration
Two $525.00 TBD
Three $525.00 TBD

Each payment will incur a $25.00 Transaction Fee. If the semester cost is paid in full prior to the start of the semester, the Transaction Fee will be waived. Participants may pay the semester cost in two payments, if requested.

Loan Comparison Tool

ELM Select is a private, student loan comparison tool that allows students to research loan rates and terms. The tool provides a multitude of lending options without the need to register.

Learn more about loan options

If you pay for the program with a student loan, the amount requested should not exceed the estimated cost of attendance displayed in the table below.

2020-2021 Estimated Cost of Attendance

  • Program full cost: The cost for the entire program that is comprised of three semesters. Our program is considered part time.

  • Books and Supplies: The average cost of books and supplies for a typical participant for the entire program when the books are bought new.

  • Personal and Miscellaneous: Average expenses are calculated based on potential expenses that you may incur (laptop, internet access, software updating, anti-virus, copies, printing).

Paralegal Program Cost Name Cost
Program full cost (3 semesters) $5,250
Books (for the entire program) $800
Personal/Miscellaneous $2,000
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance $8,050


All refunds will incur a $150 nonrefundable processing fee, which will be withheld from the refunded monies. Students who have paid one semester of program costs will receive a refund less the $150 processing fee. Students who have pre-paid all program costs and who withdraw prior to the first day of class, will receive a refund of the future program costs less the $150 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after the start of the semester.


The Paralegal Certificate Program offers a 10% discount to participants that attend an information session before registering.

The discount applies to the program cost for the first semester. The discount may not be applied to the cost of processing fees, late registration fees, refunds, or fees associated with any payment plan.

To receive the discount, a prospective participant must register for the first semester of the Paralegal Certificate Program within three months of attending the information session.

Requirements for Registration

  • Proficiency in a word processing program

  • Intermedium level of writing skills

  • A personal computer and a dependable connection to the internet

Registration and Important Dates

Registration for the Fall 2020 Cohort is now closed. Registration for Spring 2021 will open October 2020. Please use the form below to receive notification when registration opens. Thank you for your interest.

Paralegal Information Sessions
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