School of Business and Technology

Paralegal (Legal Assistant)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal

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. The paralegal program leads to target jobs in deep east Texas.

Career Outlook

In the deep east Texas region, the entry annual salary range for paralegals is more than $37,000* and the median annual salary for paralegals in the deep east Texas region is more than $55,000*.

Why AC for Paralegal?

Leading Edge Technology

Learn how to do legal research and draft legal documents using the same software that practicing attorneys use.

Real World Experience

Gain experience through mock trials and 16 week internships with licensed attorneys.

Supportive Environment

Class and instructor interaction encourages personal growth and development.

Recommended Course Sequence

Degree Pathway


Employers: Are you sponsoring an employee for training? Contact Lex Hernandez at or 936-633-3217 to receive registration and general updates related to the paralegal program at AC.

Students: Do you have questions about the program? Contact the Business and Technology Success Coach at Or, contact Dawn Shapaka, lead instructor, at

If you would like to meet with an instructor (optional), contact Kelli Kirkpatrick at or 936- 633-5447.        

*National Center for O*Net Development. Retrieved August 2023 from

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