Paralegal Program Description
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Would you like to pursue a career that is both interesting and challenging? If so, a career as a Paralegal may be for you. A Paralegal plays an important role in the legal office. Under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals perform a wide variety of tasks in the legal office.
The Paralegal Program educates students regarding legal terminology, research and investigation, document drafting, litigation, and computer and organizational skills. We focus on providing students with the education and skills required by employers. Alvin Community College offers an excellent education while keeping the tuition costs far less expensive than online schools, for-profit schools, and universities. We offer online (internet) Paralegal classes as well as traditional face to face classes.
Paralegal Program Accreditation
Alvin Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools which is the most recognized and accepted type of accreditation in the United States. Accreditation determines a school's eligibility for participation in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs. Proper accreditation is also important for the acceptance and transfer of college credit to other regionally accredited colleges or universities. Learn more about accreditation at sacscoc.org.
Degree and Certificate Options
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Paralegal ............................................................60 credit hours
This includes an internship program.
Paralegal l .........................................................45 credit hours
This includes an internship program.
*The Paralegal Certificate program is designed for individuals who would like to obtain their paralegal education and enter the job market as quickly as possible. This program is also a great option for individuals who presently have an associate or bachelor's degree, from an accredited college, in a different field of study.
Paralegal Career Opportunities
Paralegals are employed in all types of organizations including small practices, large firms, corporations, banks, insurance companies, federal, state, and local governments, legal aid organizations and other entities. Litigation, personal injury, corporate, criminal, and family law practices are just some of the areas where a Paralegal can find employment. According to the U.S. Labor statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for persons to assist the legal profession has expanded greatly with population increases and the growing demand for legal services. See U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Outlook for Paralegals.
Advantages of ACC
- Small classes
- Dedicated faculty who care about your success
- Internship program
- 4-Year Transfer Program
- Affordable tuition and fees – Financial assistance available to those who qualify
Four-Year Transfer Program
The majority of courses from a Paralegal Associate degree can transfer to a BAAS degree at the University of Houston-Victoria at Sugarland, a BS at the University of Houston, Central Campus and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
- University of Houston - Victoria at Sugar Land: 281-275-3346
Students can pursue a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree that has a variety of concentrations including Legal Assistance & Administration, General Business, Marketing, Psychology and more. Some concentrations are offered completely online.
- University of Houston: 713-743-3741
Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. This is a new and exciting degree which provides the education and skills that today’s businesses and organizations demand.
- Sam Houston State University: 936-294-1188
Students can pursue a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences degree that includes many areas of concentrations.
For more information about ACC's Paralegal program, call 281-756-3642 or email email@example.com.
Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Road
Alvin, TX 77511
For accommodations: 281-756-3531