LSC-North Harris Paralegal Studies Department

The Lone Star College Paralegal Studies program offers excellent instruction responsive to community needs, providing students with technical skills and a high commitment to professional ethics, integrity, and accuracy.


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

Samantha Ward
Program Director
Paralegal Studies
Office: ACAD 133D

Jeff Watts
Paralegal Studies
Office: ACAD 133H

Devethia Guillory
Office: ACAD 133B

Gloria Sanchez
Division Operations Specialist
Office: ACAD 133


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 program’s primary goal is to educate students for successful careers as legal assistants working under the supervision of lawyers in the public and private sectors through a curriculum that emphasizes both substantive knowledge and practical skills.
  • The ability to function efficiently and professionally in the legal services environment, and to appreciate the special demands of the profession are key elements of the program.
  • LSC Paralegal students are diverse. Of the 1006 students enrolled from 2013 until 2019, 21% were African American and 31% were Hispanic/Latin, mirroring the diversity of the Houston metropolitan region. During the 2017–2018 academic year, 83% of students were female.
  • Success rates are also high: 72% among 25 – 29 year old students and 72% among 30 – 39 year old students.

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