Texas Paralegal Schools

Texas paralegal schools afford aspiring applicants the ability to get on the fast track to a career that is growing quickly, in spite of the recent economic downturn. While law firms struggle to keep attorneys, the workload is increasingly borne by paralegals in Texas. With a number of two, four-year and even certificate programs for those who have already had some coursework after high school, Texas paralegal schools offer a number of focused paralegal degree options for students looking to enter a growing field.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

Texas A&M University – Commerce: The Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University – Commerce offers its students a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Paralegal Studies – both approved by the American Bar Association. The required major courses for this degree are Principles of United States and Texas Government: Institutions and Policy, Introduction to Law, Legal Research, Law Office Management, Civil Procedure, Paralegal Internship, and Torts and Personal Injury. Students must also complete 12 hours of designated specialty courses such as Bankruptcy for Paralegals, Family Law, and Business Law for Paralegals. The Department of Political Science has 11 full-time and part-time faculty members contributing towards the Paralegal Studies curriculum.

Texas State University: Texas State University’s Department of Political Science offers an American Bar Association approved Paralegal Certificate as well as the state’s only ABA approved graduate (MA in Legal Studies) program. The Master of Arts is a 36 hour course of study and students can choose either MA General Studies or one of three specializations: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, and Legal Administration. The Paralegal Certificate program is designed to supplement an existing degree. Both educational plans have a mandatory internship for students, but should a student have substantial law office experience, he or she can petition to enroll in a special emphasis course instead.

Becoming a Paralegal in Texas

Coursework varies depending on the program sought by those looking to become a paralegal in Texas, but generally includes classes on American government, interviewing clients, corporate law in addition to an introduction on the intersection of law and ethics. Additional coursework focuses on specific aspects of legal practice, including intellectual property law and real estate. Many Texas paralegal aspirants focusing on a two-year associate’s degree or four-year program also gain experience via internships.

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Paralegal Quote: “One of the best supervising attorneys I ever worked with told me not to make excuses when I made a mistake, because he didn’t want to hear them. Instead, he wanted me acknowledge my mistake, learn from it, and then work on fixing it. Most paralegals are Type A personalities, and we’re devastated when something goes wrong, especially when it’s our fault. But it will happen (more than once) during even the most successful career. What’s most important is that you and your supervising attorney work together to come up with a plan to address mistakes right away – and then take steps to make sure the same mistake doesn’t happen again.” -Lynne J. DeVenny, author of the blog Practical Paralegalism and co-host of the podcast The Paralegal Voice.

Some American Bar Association-certified paralegal schools in Texas include Kaplan College in Dallas, El Centro College, and Lamar State College in Port Arthur. Kaplan College offers online programs for paralegal certificates and an A.A.S in Paralegal Studies, as does South College.

Texas Paralegal Certification

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was established by the Supreme Court of Texas and provides certification to both attorneys and paralegals in specific areas of the law. To earn a Texas paralegal certification, applicants must pass an examination, and have five (5) years of experience as a paralegal (three in Texas), currently work for a licensed attorney doing business in Texas, have at least 50% of duties focused in one of six legal specialties and attend continuing legal education. In addition, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher, be a graduate of an ABA-approved paralegal program, or be certified and in good standing with the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). If so qualified, applicants must then submit a $50 application fee and a $100 exam fee.

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Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in Texas

Haynes and Boone LLP is a newer firm, but it is already one of the largest law firms in the US. The firm started by specializing in securities law, and has since expanded to cover a broad range of legal services. Believing that its staff defines its practice, Haynes and Boone seeks the most qualified applicants for its paralegal openings. Andrews Kurth LLP has been recognized by US News and Best Lawyers as a first tier law firm. Andrews Kurth puts an emphasis on cultivating a professional and engaging workplace culture, and strives to provide its paralegals with training and growth opportunities. Jackson Walker LLP has been in business for over 125 years, and this high volume, broad practice firm needs paralegals to support and fuel its continuing growth.

Texas Paralegal Job Outlook

Law firms may be cutting down on the number of attorneys, but because paralegals can do much of the same work at a lower rate, becoming a paralegal in Texas can open up a variety of doors. In addition to law firms, working as a paralegal in Texas may include helping corporate finance departments in contract language, working with local, county or state governments or a number of other opportunities.

Texas Paralegal Salary

Pay varies in large part on the employer as well as level of experience, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the lowest paid paralegals still make more than $29,000 a year to start, with the average annual salary closer to $50,000 per year.

Online and Texas Paralegal Schools

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Remington College
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • AS in Paralegal (Online)

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Penn Foster Schools
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Paralegal

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Bryan University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Associate Degree in Litigation and E-Discovery Paralegal

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Vista College
Campuses: 1Amarillo
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  • Paralegal

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
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  • CERT: Paralegal Studies

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Virginia College
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BAC-Paralegal Studies
  • AS - Paralegal Studies

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Concord Law School
Campuses: 1Online
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  • Executive J.D. SM Program
  • Juris Doctor Program

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Keiser University
Campuses: 1Online
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  • Legal Studies, BA (Online)

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies


Featured Paralegal School in TX

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Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Paralegal
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal


Paralegal Schools in Texas

Amarillo College (Amarillo, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

Arlington Career Institute (Grand Prairie, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Paralegal

Austin Community College District (Austin, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

Center for Advanced Legal Studies (Houston, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal

Central Texas College (Killeen, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Collin College (Plano, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Certificate | Paralegal

Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

Everest College (Arlington, TX / Dallas, TX / Fort Worth, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies

Iverson Business School (Arlington, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

Kaplan College (San Antonio, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal

Lamar State College-Port Arthur (Port Arthur, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies

Lee College (Baytown, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

McLennan Community College (Waco, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

Midland College (Midland, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Associate of Arts | Paralegal Studies
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies
Bachelor Degree | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

Navarro College (Corsicana, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies (online)

San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies

South Plains College (Levelland, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

South Texas College (McAllen, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (McAllen, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Tarrant County College (Fort Worth, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

Texas State University-San Marcos (San Marcos, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Paralegal

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (Brownsville, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal Studies

Tyler Junior College (Tyler, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

Virginia College (Austin, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal Studies

Westwood College (Dallas, TX / Fort Worth, TX / Houston, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal Studies

Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, TX)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies

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