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Are you a detail-oriented, responsible person who gets satisfaction from completing precise research? Would you like to train for an in-demand job that pays well? Are you fascinated by law but aren’t sure if law school is for you?
El Centro’s is one of only a few paralegal programs in the state approved by the American Bar Association and is designed to teach you to work as a paralegal to attorneys. It also can help you decide if a law career is right for you.
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:
The Paralegal program offers:
Paralegals, or legal assistants, typically work in law firms, corporations and government agencies. A Paralegal associate degree can land you an immediate job. Or, it can serve as the base for other law-related careers.
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’s targeted occupations lists paralegal as a high-growth area this year, with more than 4,000 job openings projected across the metroplex at an average of $27.24 per hour and 29 percent job growth.
CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth increase of 29 percent for paralegals through 2024.
For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, paralegal is ranked second among CareerOneStop’s top 45 careers with the most job openings and 17th among its 45 fastest-growing occupations through 2022.
See more on Paralegal careers.
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