Associate of Applied Science

The Paralegal Associate of Applied Science is a two-year program that prepares students for entry-level positions as a paralegal working under the supervision of a lawyer in a law office, government, corporate or other private sector legal setting. The program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the roles and functions of paralegals in law firms and occupational settings. The program offers instruction in basic legal principles and skills applicable to various legal settings. Students develop foundational legal knowledge, training in analytical thinking, and skills in legal research and writing.

Frederick J. Biel, Atlas & Hall
Luanna Castellano, Gonzalez Castillo, LLP.
David E. Cazares, Law Office of David Cazares
Rachel Maldonado, Paralegal, Allstate Insurance Company
Mary Ellen Stocker, City of McAllen
Gerald Castillo, Gonzalez Castillo, LLP
Lucy Thompson, Palacios, Garza, Thompson, P.C.
Pablo Almaguer, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

Paralegal Associate of Applied Science


Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 1 3
POFI 2301 Word Processing 3
LGLA 1307 Introduction to Law and the Legal Professions 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
LGLA 1303 Legal Research 3
LGLA 1342 Federal Civil Litigation 3
LGLA 1305 Legal Writing 3
Math and Natural Sciences Elective 1,2 4
 Credit Hours13
Summer Session I
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 1 3
LGLA 1351 Contracts 3
 Credit Hours6
Third Semester
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
LGLA 1353 Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration 3
LGLA 2303 Torts and Personal Injury Law 3
LGLA 2313 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
 Credit Hours12
Fourth Semester
LGLA 1355 Family Law 3
LGLA 2311 Business Organizations 3
LGLA 2309 Real Property 3
LGLA 1344 Texas Civil Litigation 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer Session II
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1 3
LGLA 2266 Practicum: Paralegal 2
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement


Students must take a 4 credit hour course in order to fulfill the Math and Natural Sciences Elective.