Program Curriculum

Paralegal Studies AAS Degree

(60 semester credit hours)

The AAS in Paralegal Studies prepares students for careers as paralegals, assisting lawyers in law offices, corporate or government legal departments, non-profits and legal clinics. It can also serve as the first two years of study toward a Bachelor of Applied Science degree at many colleges and universities. Contact your transfer university for information. This program is excellent preparation for students who plan to attend law school.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in the program capstone course (LGLA 2388) in order to graduate

Several courses in the program may be articulated through local agreements with area school districts. Students can earn college credit toward this program while still in high school. For more information, contact our high school Tech-Prep coordinator or the program director.

The Wharton County Junior College's Paralegal Studies Program is ABA Approved (American Bar Association).

Effective Fall 2015:

Course Course Title Semester Hours
Freshman/Semester I
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HIST 1301 U.S. History I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
LGLA 1313 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
LGLA 1303 Legal Research 3
 Total Semester Hours 15 
Freshman/Semester II
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
HIST 1302 U.S. History II 3
LGLA 1305 Legal Writing 3
LGLA 1345 Civil Litigation 3
Elective Social & Behavioral Science or Government/Political Science (excluding GOVT 2305 & GOVT 2306 and HIST 1301 & HIST 1302) from the AAS General Education Course List 3
 Total Semester Hours 15 
Sophomore/Semester I
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
LGLA 1353 Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration 3
LGLA 1355 Family Law 3
LGLA 2307 Law Office Management 3
Elective Language, Philosophy, & Culture or Creative Arts from the AAS General Education Course List 3
 Total Semester Hours 15 
Sophomore/Semester II
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
LGLA 2309 Real Property 3
LGLA 2313 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
LGLA 1351 Contracts 3
LGLA 2388 Internship-Paralegal
(Capstone Course)
 Total Semester Hours
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