Explore Academic Programs - Paralegal


The Paralegal/Legal Assistant two-year program is designed for students seeking employment as paralegals. A paralegal (also known as a legal assistant or legal clerk) is a professional who, by training and experience, is qualified to perform legal functions under the direction and supervision of an attorney, court or military command. This curriculum also serves students who are exploring their interest in law-related careers, including as lawyers.  In addition to our full two-year program, we now offer a one-year "job starter" certificate.

The legal field is desperate for properly trained, intelligent and enthusiastic persons of the highest ethical caliber. Studies on the national and state level continue to indicate the great employment potential. CTC's Paralegal/Legal Assistant programs equip students to gain employment in federal, state, military and private sector law departments - even to go on to law school.

Pre-law students - This program is also your ideal choice if you have aspirations of attending law school someday. Virtually all of our courses are scaled down versions of the same courses you will be required to take in law school and are taught by graduates of law school.  No other program in Central Texas can say that.

Through the cooperation of the legal community, a paralegal internship is available to students as a "capstone" option.  Students may work in public legal agencies and private law firms.  The students coordinate with a faculty member to discuss their placement and receive practical and intensive supervised paralegal experience through their internship.

This program also features the latest in law office technology with training in ProDoc as well as the fundamentals in using case management, litigation, Microsoft Office, time keeping and billing software in law office setting.


Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Paralegal

Potential Earnings: $48,921 annually

Market Growth Rate: average (5 - 8 %)

Lawyer*

Potential Earnings: $114,970 annually

Market Growth Rate: average (5 - 8 %)

 
* Further study (bachelor's degree) required | ** Study beyond bachelor's degree required

Degrees and Certificates

This program offers different pathways, and you can choose your final destination. Students may pursue an associate degree or certificate. The associate degree adds additional paralegal coursework along with more general academic courses. The certificate allows more immediate employability with courses focused on paralegal studies.

 

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Paralegal Pathways

Delivery Mode

Associate of Applied Science

Paralegal/Legal Assistant

60 credit hours, four semesters full time

Central Campus Day 

Central Campus Evening & Weekend

Online

Other U.S. locations (Fort Lee, Fort Polk, Fort Sill, Fort Stewart, Hunter AAF)

Certificate of Completion

Paralegal/Legal Assistant

30 credit hours, two semesters full time

Central Campus Day 

Central Campus Evening & Weekend

Online