This is an archived DCCCD Online Catalog. Please visit our current Online CatalogOnline Catalog at
Notice: This catalog is no longer actively maintained. Some of the links/pages may no longer function. We apologize for any inconvenience.
DCCCD 2010-2011 Catalog banner
Previous Catalog Years  Previous Catalog Years
Catalog Table of Contents  Catalog Table of Contents
    Degrees Degrees
         Degree Plans by Location  Degree Plans by Location
         Degree Plans by Subject  Degree Plans by Subject
         Course Descriptions  Course Descriptions
DCCCD Core Curriculum  DCCCD Core Curriculum
DCCCD Core Curriculum  DCCCD Core Options for AAS Awards
Transfer Services  Transfer Services
Degree Plans - Paralegal - Paralegal AAS (Archived)


(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.PARALEGAL.10

The Paralegal Program is an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree program designed to prepare the student to function as a technically qualified assistant to the lawyer. Legal assistants (also called paralegals) typically work in law firms, governmental agencies, and corporations. The program does not qualify a graduate to take a Bar exam, represent clients in court, or give legal advice.




LGLA 1301 Legal Research and Writing 3
LGLA 1311 Introduction to Law 3
LGLA 1313 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3


LGLA 1355 Family Law 3
LGLA 2309 Real Property 3
LGLA 2311 Business Organizations 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
COSC 1300 Computer Literacy 3



LGLA 1345 Civil Litigation 3
LGLA 1351 Contracts 3
LGLA 1353 Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration 3
GOVT 2301 American Government 3
+Elective Paralegal Elective 3
++Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3


LGLA 2303 Torts and Personal Injury Law 3
LGLA 2307 Law Office Management 3
LGLA 2331 Advanced Legal Research and Writing 3
+Elective Paralegal Elective 3
+++Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3
Minimum Hours Required 63

+Paralegal Electives - SIX-credit hours must be selected from the following:

LGLA 1343 Bankruptcy 3
LGLA 1359 Immigration Law 3
LGLA 1380 Cooperative Education - Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3
LGLA 2313 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
LGLA 2315 Oil and Gas Law 3
LGLA 2335 Advanced Civil Litigation 3
LGLA 2380 Cooperative Education - Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3

++Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from any 3-credit hour course from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Humanities/Fine Arts.

+++Social/Behavioral Science Electives - must be selected from any 3-credit hour course from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Social/Behavioral Science.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

Skip to Home navigation