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Paralegal at El Centro

The Paralegal program at El Centro will prepare you to work as a paralegal to attorneys. Our faculty draw on their knowledge and experience to ensure student success.

In the Paralegal program, you'll learn how to handle routine assignments for attorneys, with opportunities for advancement in many areas. Please be aware that the program does not qualify graduates to take a bar exam, represent clients in court, give legal advice or provide independent legal services.

El Centro's Paralegal program is an associate degree program designed to prepare you to work as a technically qualified paralegal to attorneys. It can be completed in two years if you are a full-time student.

El Centro's program is not only widely respected but is also an incredible bargain. Its setting near downtown Dallas provides access to the Records Building, George Allen Civil Courthouse, Frank Crowley Criminal Courthouse and Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse. Many law firms are located in the area.

As a Paralegal student, you:

  • Will have instructors who are practicing attorneys and paralegals
  • Will have access to an on-campus law library and two computer-assisted legal research systems
  • Can earn an associate degree which includes 14 legal courses
  • Will prepare for exciting and challenging work with law firms, corporations and agencies.

Weigh the El Centro Advantage

Paralegal students have access to these facilities and advantages at El Centro:

  • Instructors who are practicing attorneys and paralegals 
  • An on-campus law library and computers for legal research
  • Mock trials and career seminars held by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, SMU Law School, Dallas Young Lawyers Association and others
  • Classrooms in downtown Dallas, near the legal community  
  • Day, evening and online classes
  • Full- or part-time study options
  • El Centro College Paralegal Student Association
  • Cooperative (co-op) work experience working at least 16 hours a week doing paralegal activities at an assigned site

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations. Our program is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Paralegal program at El Centro College is one of only a few paralegal programs in Texas approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Voluntary Certification

Although most employers do not require certification, earning a voluntary certificate from a professional society may offer advantages in the job market.