The Paralegal Program consists of the following sections: Introduction to Law, Legal Research, Civil Litigation I & II, Legal Writing, Contracts and Business Organizations, Nexis Uni and TXdocs, Family Law, Wills and Probate, and Criminal Law and Procedure.
The paralegal's role in a family law practice, including the substantive law and procedures relating to divorce, community property, conservatorship and child support.
The paralegal's role in the criminal justice system with emphasis on legal research and drafting projects. Includes criminal law discovery lab and career skills workshops.
The paralegal's role in a wills and probate practice, including the law of intestate succession, preparation of basic wills and other estate planning documents.
Interviewing clients and witnesses; recognizing causes of action underlying civil litigation, including intentional torts, negligence and professional.
Hands-on use of digests, case reporters, statutory codes and secondary sources to locate relevant law; introduction to legal analysis and legal writing.
Learn to leverage technology to complement traditional legal research methods and streamline legal document drafting.
In Texas, Paralegal and Legal Assistant positions are expected to grow at a rate of 26% between 2018-2028, 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 rankings. The rankings consider annual salary, career advancement, work-life balance, and career demand to determine rank.
Sample of reported job titles include: Certified Paralegal, Corporate Law Assistant, Law Associate, Legal Analyst, Legal Assistant, Litigation Paralegal, Paralegal, Paralegal Assistant, Paralegal Specialist, Real Estate Paralegal, Immigration Paralegal.
It is a common misconception that paralegals work exclusively in law firms. Paralegals are employed in a wide variety of industries including:
*average growth rate of 4% for all occupations
Want to learn more about the Paralegal Certificate Program before you register? Sign up to attend an information session!
Led by Paralegal Program Coordinator Tina Hill, you will be introduced to program curriculum, the opportunity outlook in the paralegal field, and the required skills to become a successful paralegal.
Can't decide what learning option is best for you? The advantages of both the online and live, virtual classroom delivery method will be discussed.