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School of Business and Technology

Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal (Legal Assistant)

The purpose of the Paralegal Associate of Applied Science is to prepare students for employment as a paralegal/ legal assistant with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform legal research, drafting, investigation, record-keeping and related administrative functions under the guidance and supervision of a licensed attorney. Students completing all course requirements and acquiring the associate degree would be eligible to apply for certification by examination from the National Association of Legal Assistants.

In East Texas, the median annual salary for paralegals is more than $47,830. 

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Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal (Legal Assistant)

  • TSI entrance scores are required.

Employers: Are you sponsoring an employee for training? Contact Fanny Luna at fluna@angelina.edu to receive registration and general updates related to the Paralegal program at AC.

Employer relations contact: Fanny Luna; fluna@angelina.edu; 936-633-5321

Students:

Do you have questions about the Paralegal program? Contact Jorge Valdes at jvaldes@angelina.edu; 936-633-5289. 

Once you have registered for classes, sign up for a cohort meeting (optional) by contacting Kelli Kirkpatrick at kkirkpatrick@angelina.edu or 936-633-5447. At this meeting, you will meet instructors, network with employers, and learn tips for the successful and timely completion of your degree.

Session 1

August 10, 2022
9 am – 11 am

Session 2

September 28, 2022
9 am – 11 am

Session 3

February 15, 2023
9 am – 11 am

Suggested Schedule

New students may enter under any term listed as long as courses are open for registration.

Fall 2022

*F = full 16-week session (8/22/22 – 12/8/22); F1 = first 8-week session (8/22/22-10/13/22); F2 = second 8-week session (10/17/22-12/8/22)

Course

Session*

Credit Hours

STSU 0300

Student Success

F, F1, or F2

0

LGLA 1307

Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession

F1

3

LGLA 1303

Legal Research

F2

3

LGLA 2305 

Interviewing and Investigating

F1

3

BUSI 2304 

Business Report Writing and Correspondence

F1 or F2

3

ENGL 1301

English Composition

F, F1, or F2

3

   

Total Hours

15

Spring 2023

** S = full 16-week session (1/17/23 – 5/11/23); S1 = first 8-week session (1/17/23-3/9/23); S2 = second 8-week session (3/20/23-5/11/23)

Course

Session**

Credit Hours

LGLA 1345

Civil Litigation

S2

3

LGLA 1119

Legal Ethics

S2

1

LGLA 2331

Advanced Legal Research

S1

3

SPCH 1318

Interpersonal Communications

S, S1, or S2

3

MATH x3xx

College Mathematics or

S, S1, or S2

 

XXXX x3xx

Core Life and Physical Science Course

S, S1, or S2

3

XXXX x3xx

Creative Arts Core

S, S1, or S2

3

 

 

Total Hours

16

National Center for O*NET Development. Local Wages: 23-2011.00 – Paralegals and Legal Assistants. O*NET OnLine. Retrieved July 29, 2022, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localwages/23-2011.00?zip=75904