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Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Division / Department: Business Programs / Paralegal
  • Degree Code: PL.AAS
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This program prepares students for employment and advancement in law firms and legal departments of business, industry and government. The emphasis is on workplace competencies with specific knowledge of court systems, litigation processes, manual and computerized legal research, investigation, and law office management. A minimum grade of C is required in all Paralegal classes for graduation.

For information about credit through advanced standing for students holding their Professional Legal Secretary or Certified Legal Assistant certifications, see the policy on Advanced Standings.

Marketable Skills

1. Dentify, know, and execute the TEXAS RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT for paralegals in daily contact with clients, court personnel, and other legal officials.

2. Produce documents using a software such as Word, Excel, or Access using both beginning and advanced features.

3. Develop an investigation plan and theory for the case that includes discovery from the initial client interview.

4. Using fundamental reading skills, apply basic rules of grammar, spelling, capitalization, number usage, and punctuation, and utilize terminology applicable to technical and business writing and when speaking.

5. Apply basic legal skills to the litigation process from filing the Plaintiff's Original Petition, trial preparation, settlement, trial and post-trial practices.

6. Apply working knowledge of fundamentals of effective legal research and writing - law library techniques, computer assisted legal research, briefs, and legal memoranda.

7. Preparation of legal documents based on hypothetical facts in real estate, family law, contract, litigation and business organizations.

8. Using logic and reasoning (critical thinking) to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Semester I

LGLA 1313 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3 hours
POFT 1393 Special Topics: Introduction to Keyboarding 1
May be waived if the student has taken a keyboarding course (touch method) or if the student can keyboard by touch at least 30 words a minute. A keyboarding test is required.
3 hours
POFT 1309 Administrative Office Procedures I or
BMGT 2309 Leadership
3 hours
POFT 1301 Business English or
ENGL 1301 Composition I
3 hours
BUSI 2301 Business Law 3 hours
15 hours

Semester II

LGLA 1311 Introduction to Law 3 hours
LGLA 1345 Civil Litigation 3 hours
ITSW 1301 Introduction to Word Processing or
POFI 2340 Advanced Word Processing
3 hours
ENGL 1302 Composition II or
ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing
3 hours
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy or
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics or
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 hours
15 hours

Semester III

LGLA 2313 Criminal Law and Procedure 3 hours
LGLA 1391 Practice of Family and Property Law 3 hours
LGLA 2307 Law Office Management 3 hours
ITSW 1304 Introduction to Spreadsheets 3 hours
Math elective 3
See Electives List
3 hours
15 hours

Semester IV

LGLA 1301 Legal Research and Writing 3 hours
LGLA 2388 Internship-Paralegal/Legal Assistant 2
Students must meet Guidelines for Internships and Practicums (General Catalog) and have approval of the program director to enroll in this course. LGLA 2388 is the Capstone course, which brings together skills and knowledge learned in other classes and applies them in decision-making situations and in completing job task. Check for prerequisites.
3 hours
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3 hours
LGLA 2333 Advanced Legal Document Preparation 3 hours
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication or
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking
3 hours
15 hours
Total hours:60 hours


MATH 1314 College Algebra 3 hours
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry 3 hours
MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences 3 hours
MATH 1325 Calculus for Business & Social Sciences 3 hours
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) 3 hours
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods 3 hours
MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4 hours
MATH 2413 Calculus I 4 hours
PHIL 2303 Introduction to Formal Logic 3 hours