Program Learning Outcomes

1.  The student will define and properly use terminology relating to the specific area of law.

2.  The student will prepare documents in various areas of legal practice.
3.  The students will analyze complex legal issues and questions and apply research strategies and the use of primary and secondary sources to formulate answer or argument.
4.  The student will explain the ethical obligations and responsibilities of the legal profession with particular emphasis on the paralegal's role and be able to apply those obligations in class and real world settings.
5.  The student will use correct legal office procedures with respect to client intake, document preparation and filing.

Advisory Committee Members

Ruben Delgado, Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office
Jennifer Morales, The Law Office of Jennifer Morales, PLLC
David E. Cazares, Law Office of David E. Cazares
Alex Martinez, Law Office of Alex Martinez
Daniel Ruel Sorrells, Armando M. Guerra & Associates, PLLC

Paralegal Associate of Applied Science


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 1 3
LGLA 1305 Legal Writing 3
LGLA 1307 Introduction to Law and the Legal Professions 3
LGLA 1303 Legal Research 3
 Credit Hours12
POFT 1301 Business English 3
LGLA 1342 Federal Civil Litigation 3
POFI 2301
Word Processing
or Advanced Legal Document Preparation
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
Second Year
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
LGLA 1355
Family Law
or Immigration Law
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