Paralegal Studies

What you learn in the course will allow you to hit the ground running when you start your first paralegal job.

Upcoming Start Dates

UH Main Campus    Sept. 10 - Nov. 19

UH Main Campus    Oct. 31 - Feb. 2

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Overview

The University of Houston Paralegal Certificate Program provides students with a comprehensive learning experience in preparation to work as a paralegal.


Students will learn, not only from the instructor who is an attorney, but also from some of the most well-respected paralegals and attorneys in the legal community. At least 25 guest lecturers speak to the students about their particular area of practice, the type of entity in which they practice, and how they utilize paralegals in their practices. The variety of practice areas and experiences offers students a broader knowledge of the legal world than any one instructor could ever provide.

In addition, students participate in a file-to-trial mock trial. Early in the course, students receive the mock trial and are assigned to represent either the plaintiff or the defendant in the civil case. Both individually and as a team, students decide on case strategy and direction. They draft and file pleadings, propound and answer discovery, draft and argue motions, prepare witnesses, prepare opening statements, closing arguments, and witness questions for both direct and cross examination. At the end of the class, they have the mock trial in which each student has a specific role. The outcome of the mock trial is decided by a jury, to whom the students present evidence and argue the case. It is one of the most popular, and most skill intensive, parts of the UH Paralegal Certificate Program. 

Program at a Glance

Program Format:
Face to face

Length:
Weekday program: 12 weeks
Weekend program: 10 weeks

Total Program Hours: 144
Classroom hours: 126
Field hours: 18

CEUs: 14.4

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We help you develop the skills you need to have a successful career as a paralegal. Our course helps you fully understand key legal terminology and laws while you develop your investigative research skills that are essential to being a top-notch paralegal, including hands-on experience with industry-standard software used in legal research and litigation support.

The Program is Offered in Two Formats

The programs are identical in terms of the material, presentation, homework, and instructor.

Weekday Format

Our weekday format is offered on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am–3pm. The weekday program has a slightly slower pace because it is a shorter day. The weekday program has twenty-four classes.

Weekend Format

Our weekend format is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am–5pm. The weekend program consists of twenty classes.


About the Curriculum

The UH Paralegal Program’s curriculum is specifically designed to offer skills-based paralegal training rather than in-depth training in various areas of substantive law. 

You will learn legal vocabulary so that you can understand and participate in conversations in legal workplaces. You will learn about many laws and many different areas of the law. What you learn in the course will allow you to hit the ground running when you start your first paralegal job. 

Course Topics Include

  • Statutes, Common Law, Case Law, Regulations, and the Constitution
  • Ethics of being a Paralegal
  • US Court System
  • Practical skills needed to be a paralegal

 

About Jac Brennan

The Paralegal Certificate Program is taught by the Director of the Paralegal Program, Jac Brennan. She has been the Director of the Paralegal Program since 2006. A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, Jac is an attorney, who is licensed to practice in Texas courts and in federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

In addition to her work as an attorney and instructor, Jac is the founder and President of the Board of Directors for A Simple Thread, a non-profit organization that helps homeless Houstonians. She is also on the Board of Positively Pink Houston. She has served on the Bioethics Committee of Texas Children's Hospital, as well as the Paralegal Committee of the State Bar of Texas. 

Attend an Info Session

To get a better understanding of our approach to teaching paralegal, we welcome you to attend one of our information sessions. At these sessions you will hear directly from the instructor how our Paralegal Certificate will allow you to hit the ground running when you start your first paralegal job.

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Meet Your Instructor

Consider this a first date. It's a great opportunity to meet your possible instructor, experience their teaching style, and see what the classroom experience will be like.

Learn About the Program

Receive an in-depth overview of the program, from discussing the learning outcomes to what you will be able to accomplish professionally.

Questions & Answers

Is this program right for you? Will it support your career aspirations? Ask questions. Ask as many questions as you need. That is what we are here for.

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