Curriculum Overview

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.

Family Law

The paralegal's role in a family law practice, including the substantive law and procedures relating to divorce, community property, conservatorship and child support.

Criminal Law

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.

Wills and Probate

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.

Civil Litigation

Interviewing clients and witnesses; recognizing causes of action underlying civil litigation, including intentional torts, negligence and professional.

Legal Research

Hands-on use of digests, case reporters, statutory codes and secondary sources to locate relevant law; introduction to legal analysis and legal writing.

Nexis Uni and TXdocs

Learn to leverage technology to complement traditional legal research methods and streamline legal document drafting.

Emerging Career:
Paralegal

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.

  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Keep and monitor legal volumes to ensure that law library is up-to-date.

It is a common misconception that paralegals work exclusively in law firms. Paralegals are employed in a wide variety of industries including:

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Government Agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Non-Profit
  • Oil and Gas
  • Protective Services (Police and Detectives)
  • Real Estate
Career Growth
Paralegals %

*average growth rate of 4% for all occupations

Virtual Information Sessions

Receive a 10% Registration Discount!

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.

  • After registering for your desired session, you will receive an email one week prior to the start date with a link to the virtual session.
  • By attending an information session, you will receive a 10% registration discount for the first semster of the program.

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(210) 458-2411

501 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78207