Twenty San Jacinto College students were recently inducted into the College’s paralegal honor society, Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), signifying high levels of academic achievement.
The requirements for LEX induction are stringent. A student must maintain a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in paralegal courses and a 3.25 GPA in general courses, demonstrate superior academic performance, and be an active member of San Jacinto College’s paralegal club. In addition, in order to apply for LEX induction, a student must complete two-thirds of the College’s paralegal program requirement by completing 33 credit hours of legal specialty courses, and nine credit hours of general education courses.
The San Jacinto College program is one of the few community college programs in Texas approved by the American Bar Association. “Maintaining ABA approval indicates our program ranks among the best in the nation,” Ernest Davila, San Jacinto College North Campus paralegal program director told the inductees. “That means you students being inducted into the LEX paralegal honor society are among the best of the best. So, I encourage you to continue with your education and career goals. Always strive to be ethical and professional.”
The keynote speaker at the induction ceremony was San Jac Certified student Shaun Kirby, who works for the Andresen law firm in Houston. The Class of 2012 graduate and 2013 LEX inductee challenged the paralegal students to carry their academic success into the workforce. “You’ve proven you can handle it in the classroom, now go out and show that first attorney you work for that not only can you handle pressure, but you can thrive in it,” he commented. “Your education does not end when you earn your diploma. You are about to join the ranks of paralegals who, like yourselves, decided that mediocrity is for the weak, and that quality will take you far. Don’t lose that goal once you leave here. Congratulations and good luck.”
Paralegal is a fairly lucrative career field, and one that is predicted to stay strong in coming years. According to the most recent statistics available from the Texas Workforce Commission, the average annual income for paralegals in the Gulf Coast region is $59,743 ($28.72 per hour). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that nationwide, the paralegal profession is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020.
Graduates of the San Jacinto College paralegal program have no problem finding jobs. During the past 13 years, the job placement rate for the College’s paralegal graduates has ranged from 90 to 95 percent. In fact, nearly 40 percent of paralegals at the Harris County District Attorney’s office, one of the premier paralegal work places in the Houston area, are graduates of San Jacinto College’s paralegal program.
San Jacinto College offers a two-year paralegal associate degree program at the North Campus, as well as distance learning paralegal courses that are available online.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.