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Paralegal Studies

Technical Degree

The jury is in: our Paralegal program is the perfect first step for your legal career. Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), this program will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to work directly with attorneys.

Program at a Glance

With a starting annual salary at over $52,000, an investment in a Paralegal degree is an investment in your future.

Paralegal Associations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE)
  • State Bar of Texas, Paralegal Division (TXPD)
  • Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association (HMPA)
  • Houston Paralegal Association (HPA)

Career Opportunities

With a paralegal degree, you can find a career in: 

  • Litigation
  • Personal injury
  • Corporate law
  • Criminal law
  • Immigration law
  • And many other areas of law




Paralegal, AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in four terms.
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Why Choose Paralegal Studies at San Jac?

predicted growth of the profession through 2026
success rate in the College’s paralegal program
possible areas of law for career specialization

Become a Paralegal and Unlock Opportunity


What You’ll Learn in the Paralegal Program

The goal of the paralegal studies program is to teach you to:

  • Deploy legal terminology in the creation of documents and presentations
  • Analyze sources of law including both primary and secondary sources
  • Research sources of law
  • Use and apply the rules of civil and criminal procedure
  • Distinguish the roles and ethical obligations of paralegals and attorneys
  • Compose correspondence and legal documents
  • Conduct client and witness interviews and factual investigations in a professional manner
  • Use common law office technology, including ProDoc, West Law, and efiling
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills

Where You’ll Work

As a qualified paralegal, you’ll have access to a wide range of opportunities. While nearly 70% of paralegals work in private law firms, other places of employment include:

  • Corporate legal departments
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate agencies
  • Title companies
  • The court system
  • Trust and mortgage departments
  • Government agencies

Your Duties as Paralegal

Paralegals must work under the direct supervision of an attorney and don't contract directly with the public. Some of the duties delegated by a lawyer to a paralegal may include: 

  • Performing legal research
  • Interviewing clients/witnesses
  • Conducting investigations
  • Drafting legal documents,
  • Tracking deadlines
  • Providing litigation support,
  • Assisting at hearings and trials
  • Using technology to perform tasks.
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Join the Paralegal National Honor Society

Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) is the national honor society founded by the American Association for Paralegal Education. If you’ve completed two-thirds of the College’s Paralegal program with a 3.25 overall GPA or above, achieved at least a 3.5 GPA in legal specialty courses, and have demonstrated academic excellence, you may qualify for LEX.

Have Questions?

Our faculty are experts in paralegal studies, and are here to help you learn. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. 
Jeanette Liberty
Program Dir, Legal Assistant
(281) 998-6150x7201