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LSC-North Harris Paralegal Studies Department

Our program will produce successful paralegals who exercise a high level of expertise, ethics, and professional responsibility. Students will become lifelong learners with the ability to adapt to the changing legal environment.  Paralegal skills, the ability to interact and function efficiently and professionally in the legal services environment are elements of the program. Our goal is to partner with area law firms and organizations to provide internship and employment opportunities for paralegal students responsive to community needs.

Legal Specialty Transfer Policy:

Of the Legal Specialty courses taken at LSC-NH (all courses beginning with LGLA), four courses may not be taken in alternative format. The following legal specialty courses must be taken in the traditional classroom setting:

  • LGLA 1307-Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession
  • LGLA 1303-Legal Research
  • LGLA 2370-Rules of Civil Procedure
  • LGLA 2331-Advanced Legal Research and Writing

Only 9 (nine) Legal Specialty course credit hours may be transferred into the LSC-NH Paralegal Studies Program. Those courses must be approved by the Program Director, not have been taken online, must have been prepared specifically for paralegal students, must be substantially the same as the LSC-NH designated course, must be accredited by a regional accreditation and must have been passed with a grade of C or better. Civil Litigation courses taken in another state will have to be repeated at this campus.

The following policy applies if a student is attempting to transfer credit in from another paralegal program for any of the following four classes.

  • LGLA 1307-Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession
  • LGLA 1303-Legal Research
  • LGLA 2370-Rules of Civil Procedure
  • LGLA 2331-Advanced Legal Research and Writing

Each condition must be met in order to receive transfer credit:

  1. The paralegal program the student completed the coursework at must be approved by the American Bar Association; and
  2. The requested transfer course must be a course that the program has designated will only be taught in a face to face synchronous format; and
  3. In addition to the preceding two requirements, students wishing to receive transfer credit for LGLA 2370, the course must have been completed in Texas.

Paralegals do not offer services directly to the public. 
They work under the direct supervision of an attorney

Faculty and Staff


Dr. Jim Good
Office: ACAD 133B

Lynda Dodgen
Office: ACAD 168J
Faculty Web Site


Jeff Watts
Program Director
Paralegal Studies
Office: ADAC 133H

Samantha Ward
Faculty, Professor
Paralegal Studies
Office: ACAD 133D


American Bar Association Definition

The ABA defines are paralegal as follows:
"A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible."

Paralegal Studies Program Goals

The goals of the Paralegal Studies Program are to develop and train highly qualified graduates who are prepared to assume general paralegal responsibilities, as well as to provide continuing legal education for presently employed paralegals.

The Paralegal Studies Program seeks to advance the paralegal profession, and to teach high ethical standards.  It is also the goal of the Paralegal Studies Program to train students in necessary paralegal skills such as investigation, legal research, interviewing, written and oral communications, and analytical and critical thinking.

The Paralegal Studies Program also seeks to encourage the continuation of the student's academic progress, whether that is a four year degree or continuing legal education.

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