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. Paralegals’ specific duties often vary depending on the area of law in which they work.1
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the average national wage for paralegals and legal assistants to be just over $56,000, with Texas having the third highest employment level1. In Texas, Paralegal and Legal Assistant positions are expected to grow at a rate of 26% between 2018-20283, almost seven-times faster than the average growth rate of 4% for all occupations nation-wide. According to U.S. News and World Report, Paralegal is ranked as the 53rd best job in the 2021 100 Best Jobs rankings2. The rankings consider annual salary, career advancement, work-life balance, and career demand to determine rank.
Certification is not mandatory to become a paralegal in Texas, however, the State Bar of Texas recommends that attorneys hire paralegals with an educational background. Certification will give you a substantial advantage when applying to paralegal jobs.
The UTSA 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. 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 14 weeks long per phase). The entire program can be completed in 11 months.
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