Get Started in the Paralegal Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College.


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Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.  

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses required for the Paralegal Associate in Applied Sciences Degree.

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.

Related Programs

Check out related programs in Business Management and Administration.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Developing Skills for Success

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

Faculty Profiles

Paralegal faculty members have relevant degrees as well as experience in the legal profession, so they can relate to the challenges you face at work. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job.

See profiles of some of our Paralegal faculty.

Transfer Information

Paralegal courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in transferring your Paralegal coursework to earn a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Many students come into our the Paralegal program with a bachelor’s degree and want to know how much of their coursework will transfer. The Paralegal program also has articulation (transfer) agreements in place with several four-year universities so that you can continue your education beyond your associate degree. Please check with an academic advisor at El Centro College to get specific information on transferability from or to four-year institutions.

Links to Related Information

See links to information about paralegal-related organizations, industry news and more.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Paralegal program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.