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Paralegal Studies Advanced Technical Certificate

The Paralegal Studies Advanced Technical Certificate (C4_PLG4) is offered at LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the Paralegal Studies Department.

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Program Description

Degrees and certificates in paralegal studies are available for students wishing to pursue a professional career as a paralegal/legal assistant. The goal of the program is to prepare students to perform effectively in a variety of legal settings and to adapt readily to changes in the legal environment. The program offers a two-year associate of applied science degree and a one-year certificate in paralegal studies. Only students already possessing either an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree may enter the certificate program.

Exciting and fulfilling careers can be found in both the public and private sectors of legal practice for graduates holding paralegal degrees and certificates. Paralegals are trained to assist attorneys in such legal services as drafting legal documents, conducting legal research and factual investigations, and interviewing clients and witnesses.

Paralegals must work under the direct supervision of a lawyer. The program offers a faculty of experienced paralegal professionals and attorneys, and an extensive law library with Westlaw Computer Assisted Legal Research available on campus. Lexis/ Nexis computer research is also available online with computer access to the library website.

For students enrolled full-time the AAS degree may be earned in two years, and the certificate in one year. For those attending on a part-time basis, time for completion will be longer. The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Transferred legal specialty courses will be approved as course substitutions as appropriate by the program director only. All students must take at least 12 semester credits of legal specialty courses in the traditional classroom setting. Contact a counselor or paralegal studies faculty member at LSC-North Harris for more information.

Program Plan

Admission to this program is limited to students who have already earned an associate or a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Students without a prior degree who wish to pursue paralegal studies must matriculate under the AAS.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
ITSW 1301 Intro to Word Processing OR 3
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers  
LGLA 1219 Paralegal Ethics 2
LGLA 1303 Legal Research 3
LGLA 1307 Intro to Law & Legal Professions 3
LGLA 2303 Torts & Personal Injury Law 3
LGLA 2370 Rules of Civil Procedure 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting 3
LGLA 1345 Civil Litigation 3
LGLA 2305 Interviewing & Investigating 3
LGLA1   Elective 3
LGLA1   Elective OR 3
LGLA 2388 Internship Paralegal/Legal Assist.  
LGLA2 2331 Adv. Legal Research & Writing 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for
Paralegal Studies Advanced Technical Certificate:



  1. LGLA 1317, 1323, 1341, 1343, 1349, 1351, 1353, 1355, 1359, 2309, 2311, 2313, 2315, 2323
  2. Capstone course