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. ABA Approved

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

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Rami Shafiee
Interim Dean
Office: ACAD 133B

Lynda Dodgen
Office: ACAD 168J
Faculty Web Site

Marcy Delesandri
Program Director
Office: ACAD 133

Charlotte Gore
Division Coordinator
Office: ACAD 133

Jeff Watts
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.