Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, play important roles in the legal process. They draft documents, perform research, and assist attorneys before and during trials. Courses in this program are taught by local attorneys. Topics include family law, real property, wills and trusts, civil litigation, and legal writing.

Paralegals Average $49,000/yr*

Taught by Experienced Faculty: Local Attorneys

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Legal Specialty Transfer Policy

Of the Legal Specialty courses taken at Austin Community College (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 1313-Introduction to Paralegal Studies
  • LGLA 1303-Legal Research
  • LGLA 1345-Civil Litigation
  • LGLA 2331-Advanced Legal Research and Writing

Only 9 (nine) Legal Specialty course credit hours may be transferred into the ACC Paralegal Studies Program. Those courses must be approved by the Department Chair, not have been taken online, must have been prepared specifically for paralegal students, must be substantially the same as the ACC 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.

UPL Statement: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will identify relevant legal concepts and apply them to changing fact patterns.
  2. Students will draft documents used in a broad range of legal environments.
  3. Students will perform as entry-level paralegals in a broad range of legal environments.
  4. Students will perform legal research.

*Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International, 2019.

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  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants

    Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

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