Paralegal Studies

A paralegal does substantive legal work under the direction of a licensed attorney – that means interviewing clients, preparing documents for court and much, much more. Do you like to get involved and see some results? Then this is your kind of career.

What Are Some Potential Careers?
  • As a paralegal in small, medium or large law firms
  • Governmental agencies
  • Legal departments for corporations
What Courses Would I Take?
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Law Office and Project Management and Computers
  • Criminal Law and the State
  • Real Estate Law
What Else Can I Do?
  • Join paralegal student society
  • Get on-the-job training at places like Legal Aid of Northwest Texas through an internship
  • Join the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity
  • Compete in regional and national mediation and moot court events
  • Become a student member of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division
  • Get ready for law school on the PreProfessional Program pre-law track
What's a Good Minor?
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business
  • Political Science
Where Are Your Students Now?
  • Working at many medium and large legal firms in the Dallas and Fort Worth area
  • Attending law school at places like Baylor Law School and Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • Serving in the U.S. Attorney's office and in the office of the Tarrant County District Attorney
  • Providing legal services for non-profit agencies
  • In the legal departments at financial firms like Fidelity
Degree Information
What you need to apply

You need 24 hours of lower level
paralegal courses – completed at 
Tarrant or Dallas County College
or a comparable program –
before admission to our program.


Contact

Barbara Kirby
Paralegal Studies Director
Polytechnic United Methodist
Church #218
817-531-4941
bkirby@txwes.edu


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