The Center for Professional Excellence (CPE) at UTSA is proud to offer the Paralegal Certificate Program. This program is designed and taught by practicing attorneys to prepare students to be knowledgeable, ethical, and effective assistants to attorneys while emphasizing legal areas where paralegals are most in demand. Paralegals, also called legal assistants, perform many tasks under attorney supervision, such as legal research, document drafting, fact investigation, case management, and preparation for trial. The program assumes no legal knowledge, but rather helps students build skills from the ground up at an accelerated rate. This program is appropriate for those entering the paralegal profession as well as those already in the legal field.
The program is comprised of three courses: Paralegal 1, Paralegal 2, and Paralegal 3, which are approximately 13 weeks each. The entire program can be completed in 11 months. Although students will receive a broad-based education developing the knowledge needed to work in any jurisdiction, the program recognizes that the law varies from state to state and prepares students to work in a Texas law office. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive the UTSA Paralegal Certificate. The program, along with college credit or experience as a legal assistant, qualifies you to seek national certification, though many employers do not require the Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant certification to work as a paralegal.
Students may either take the program at the UTSA Main Campus or online. The curriculum, schedule and cost are the same for both programs.
This program offers affordable tuition, work-friendly scheduling, web-enhanced learning and a certificate recognized by legal employers. Classes begin every spring, summer and fall.
Fall semester begins September 13, 2014.
Deadline to register: Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
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Summer 14 Course Dates:
Session 1: May 17
OFF May 24
Session 2: May 31
Session 3: June 7
Session 4: June 14
Session 5: June 21
Session 6: June 28
OFF July 5
Session 7: July 12
Session 8: July 19
Session 9: July 26
Session 10: August 2
Session 11: August 9
Session 12: August 16 End of Online Class
Session 13: August 23 Final exam for classroom program // P3 Completion Ceremony
Fall 2014 Course Dates:
Session 1: September 13
Session 2: September 20
Session 3: September 27
Session 4: October 4
Session 5: October 11
Session 6: October 18
Session 7: October 25
Session 8: November 1
Session 9: November 8
Session 10: November 15
Session 11: November 22
OFF: November 29 (Thanksgiving)
Session 12: December 6 End of Online Class
Session 13: December 13 Final exam for classroom program // P3 Completion Ceremony
The University of Texas at San Antonio
UTSA Paralegal Certificate Program
One UTSA Circle San Antonio, Texas 78249-0634
Phone: 210-458-2222 Fax: 210-458-6575
Office: B.B. 1.01.20