Paralegal

Paralegal
Program Information

El Centro College of the Dallas County Community College District is pleased to offer the Associate in Applied Science Degree Paralegal Studies Program. The program is designed to prepare an individual to function as a technically qualified assistant to an attorney to contribute to the efficient and economical delivery of legal services. 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:



Is El Centro College an accredited institution?

Is the Paralegal Studies program approved by the American Bar Association?

What are the courses like?

What are Cooperative Work Experience/Internship placements?

Where is El Centro College located?

Does El Centro College have on-campus housing?

How do I travel to the college and other sites?

Where may I take courses besides El Centro College?

Is job placement assistance available?

How do I obtain my textbooks?

Does the college library have legal-specific resources available?

Can I transfer courses into/out of the Paralegal Studies Program?

What if I have coursework over ten years old?

What if I have coursework from colleges outside the United States?

Is the ECC Paralegal Studies Program offered online?

Are there any courses I should take in high school to help me prepare?

Whom do I contact for more information?

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Members of the Advisory Committee include paralegals employed in the public and private sectors (some of whom are graduates of the Program), practicing attorneys, faculty and school administrators, as well as representatives of the general public.

Past presidents of the local and state paralegal associations also serve on the Advisory Committee and teach in the Program. These individuals play an active role in the curriculum planning of the Program and work closely with the Program staff in ongoing operation and evaluation of the Program.

The Advisory Committee members:

  • Assist the Program in keeping abreast of changes and trends occurring within the field
  • Assist Program officials in job market assessments and in the exploration and development of career opportunities for paralegal's
  • Publicize the Program to secure community cooperation and interest
  • Evaluate the total Program in terms of the curriculum and objectives, the needs of the legal community and performance of graduates.
  • Assist in securing competent instructors
  • Paralegal Kay Redburn has chaired the Advisory Committee since 1996.
Ex officio members of the Committee are:
  • Sondra Flemming, executive dean of the Health & Legal Studies Division, sgf5540@dcccd.edu
  • Carole Olson, Program Director, cdo5514@dcccd.edu
  • Dudley Knox, Home-Host Coordinator, dlk5514@dcccd.edu
  • Sharman Beasley,Work Experience Coordinator, msb5514@dcccd.edu
Paralegal Professional Organizations

Students are encouraged to join the local, state, and national professional organizations and participate in the various activities each organization provides. Program graduates and faculty are active in these professional organizations and statewide paralegal activities.

Student membership in the Legal Assistants Division of the State Bar of Texas allows students to participate in LAD-sponsored and State Bar-sponsored continuing legal education seminars, and receive quarterly and monthly LAD publications, and job bank listings.

The Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA) (formerly known as Dallas Association of Legal Assistants - DALA) also offers student membership to the Program's students. Students are welcome at DAPA's general and sectional meetings. DAPA's mentor program offers a student member the opportunity to associate one-on-one with a working paralegal. DAPA student members also receive the monthly DAPA newsletter, which links the student to the news and information from the paralegal community as a whole and with local job bank listings. A student membership in DAPA includes student membership in the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA). Program students and faculty have published articles in its monthly publication.

Scholarships are offered annually by DAPA.

Students are encouraged to participate in various legal community activities such as mock trials and career seminars held by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy throughout the year, Southern Methodist University Law School, Dallas Young Lawyers Association, and other groups

The Legal Assistants of North Texas Association (LANTA) is the local arm of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Students are invited to attend the monthly meetings.

The El Centro College Paralegal Student Association is the college Program's professional organization. Meetings are held each semester.


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