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.

Paralegal At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Paralegal jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

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

The Paralegal program offers:

  • Full- and part-time program formats
  • Day, evening and online classes
  • Four convenient campus locations to choose from
  • Economical tuition with financial aid and scholarships available
  • Job placement assistance
  • Transfer course opportunities 

Career Opportunities

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.

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’s targeted occupations lists paralegal as a high-growth area this year, with more than 4,070 job openings projected across the metroplex at an average of $27.24 per hour and 29% job growth. 

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 2024.

See more on Paralegal careers.

Degrees or Certificates in the Paralegal Program

El Centro College

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses required the:

HB 1508 Notice

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Ready to take the first step toward your new career?