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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs

Texas

Amarillo College, Amarillo
El Centro College, Dallas
Kaplan College (f/k/a Southeastern Career Institute)
Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Port Arthur
Lee College, Baytown
Lone Star College - North Harris (f/k/a North Harris College), Houston
San Jacinto College - North, Houston
Texas A & M University, Commerce
Texas State University, San Marcos
Wharton County Junior College, Richmond

Alphabetical List of Approved Programs
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Amarillo College
Paralegal Studies Program
P.O. Box 447
Amarillo, TX 79105
Program Director: Bruce Moseley
Telephone: 806.371.5213
Fax: 806.371.5210

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time of complete program: 2 years
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.actx.edu/paralegal
Description: The Paralegal Studies program (located within the Business Division at Amarillo College) was first offered during the fall 1999 semester and received ABA approval in February 2006. It is a two-year program that requires 71-72 semester credit hours. Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. The curriculum is composed of 21 credit hours of General Education requirements, 38-39 credit hours of Paralegal Studies courses, and 16 credit hours of Office Administration courses. All Paralegal Studies courses are offered as evening or weekend courses. Paralegal Studies courses are offered during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Students choose to complete either the Paralegal Studies Practicum (2 credit hours) or Advanced Civil Litigation (three credit hours).

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El Centro College
Paralegal Studies Program
801 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202-3604
Director: Carole Olson
Telephone: 214.860.2266

Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science Degree
For more information: www.elcentrocollege.edu/Program/Health/Paralegal

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Kaplan College (f/k/a Southeastern Career Institute)
General Practice Paralegal Program
12005 Ford Road, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75234
Director: Lisa M. Johnson-Hannah
Telephone: 972.481.7428
Fax: 972.385.0641

Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science; Certificate
For more information: www.dallas.kaplancollege.com

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Lamar State College - Port Arthur
Legal Assistant Program
1500 Procter Street
P.O. Box 310
Port Arthur, TX 77641-0310
Co-Directors: Sheila Guillot and Edward Quist
Telephone: 409.984.6381
Fax: 409.984.6000

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 years
Internships: Required
For more information: www.lamarpa.edu
Description: The Legal Assistant program is part of the Business and Computer Science Department at Lamar State College - Port Arthur. It began in 1992 and received ABA approval in February 2000. It is a two-year program that requires 72 semester credit hours. Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. The curriculum is composed of 18 credit hours of General Education requirements, 35 credit hours of Legal Assistant courses and 19 credit hours of Office Administration courses. All Legal Assistant courses are offered as day and evening courses. Legal Assistant courses are offered during the Fall and Spring Semesters and during the summer Terms.

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Lee College
Paralegal Studies Program
P. O. Box 818
Baytown, TX 77520-4703
Director: David B. Jaroszewski
Telephone: 281.425.6527
Fax: 281.425.6258

For more information: www.lee.edu
Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr.
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science; Certificate

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Lone Star College - North Harris (f/k/a North Harris College)
Paralegal Program
2700 W. W. Thorne; Ste. A-133
Houston, TX 77073
Director: Marcy Delesandri
Telephone: 281.618.5735
Fax: 281.618.5477

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science; Certificate
For more information: www.lonestar.edu/paralegal.htm

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San Jacinto College - North
Paralegal Program
5800 Uvalde Road
Houston, TX 77049-4599
Director: Ernest Davila
Telephone: 281.458.4050
Fax: 281.459.7677

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time of complete program: Must complete 65 credit hours within the program curriculum
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.sjcd.edu/paralegal
Description: The San Jacinto College Paralegal Program offers comprehensive education and expertise to become, or to advance as, a paralegal. The program places emphasis on development of analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and technology skills necessary for employment in a law office under the supervision of an attorney. The program offers the opportunity to acquire basic and specialized knowledge of the basic legal theories and doctrines of the most important and practical areas of the law and all of the legal and ethical problems associated with paralegal practice.

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Texas A & M University -- Commerce
Paralegal Studies Program
Political Science Department
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
Director: April C. Pitts, Esq.
Telephone: 903.886.5317
Fax: 903.886.5318

Type of Institution:  Public College/University; 4 yr.
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science
Internships:  Mandatory
For more information: http://web.tamu-commerce.edu/academics/colleges/humanitiesSocialSciencesArts/departments/politicalScience/paralegal/default.aspx

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Texas State University
Legal Studies Program
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616
Director: Lynn Crossett
Telephone: 512.245.2233
Fax: 512.245.7815

Type of Institution: Public; 4 yr.
Degrees Offered: Master of Arts, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 36-24 semester credit hours depending on option chosen; approx. 9 months/2 long academic semesters for completion of certificate
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.txstate.edu

Wharton County Junior College
Paralegal Studies Program
5333 FM 1640
Richmond, TX 77469
Program Director: Erma Hart, JD
Telephone: 281.239.1555
Fax: 281.239.1654

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time of complete program: 68 semester credit hours
Internships: Mandatory
For more information:
www.wcjc.edu/Programs/technology-and-business/paralegal-studies/index.aspx
Description:  The Wharton County Junior College’s Paralegal Studies Program prepares students for careers assisting attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Classes are offered at both the Richmond and Sugar Land Campuses. A limited number of online courses are also offered, and we offer convenient evening classes. The Program’s faculty is comprised of licensed attorneys who have experience working with paralegals.

Updated: 10/9/2014

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