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If you are interested in a legal career in law, Collin College's Paralegal/Legal Assistant program is an excellent starting point and is approved by the American Bar Association.

Law firms, corporations and governmental agencies hire paralegals/legal assistants to perform a wide variety of legal tasks under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney. For example, paralegals investigate cases, interview witnesses and draft documents such as wills, contracts and court papers. As a result, paralegals must be proficient in computer skills, legal terminology and legal procedures. Collin's Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies provides excellent training in these areas and offers opportunities for specialization.

Not only is this career path interesting; it is growing at a fast pace. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

This program trains students to become paralegals and legal assistants and helps them prepare for a national certification examination. The program does not qualify a graduate to take a state bar exam, represent clients in court, give legal advice or provide independent legal services. Admission to the Paralegal/Legal Assistant program is open to all students. Students with a prior degree may be eligible for admission to the Level II Paralegal General Certificate program. For more information about eligibility, please see the certificate pre-entrance requirements.

Program Options

AAS – Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Certificate Level 2 – Paralegal General

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