Your Legal Career Awaits
Interested in Law? Begin your journey into the legal profession by becoming a paralegal. A&M-Commerce offers the only bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies in Texas approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Explore specific areas of law through instruction from our paralegal faculty and hone the skills that will be essential to your career. Join our community of legal professionals, apply today!
*The program does not train lawyers or legal administrators. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN Paralegal Studies
Learn from our expert faculty and acquire a comprehensive paralegal education while earning a marketable degree.
Gain practical skills like legal analysis and legal writing to assist attorneys and thrive in the legal profession.
We empower our students to help their community as part of this noble profession. Each client represents an opportunity to make a difference.
Thinking critically and communicating effectively. That's what employers are looking for. The College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts is dedicated to providing you the knowledge and resources for excelling in the workforce.
As an A&M-Commerce paralegal studies graduate, you will be qualified to work under the supervision of an attorney.
The program does not train lawyers or legal administrators. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019
This course focuses on the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure while also giving students experience in the aspects of civil litigation in which a paralegal would be involved before trial. The student is introduced to rules regarding commencement of suits, citation, and pre-trail proceedings. The course also has a practical element requiring students to draft a petition, draft all types of discovery, and summarize a deposition.
This course focuses on the fundamental common law and statutory concepts of tort law, with emphasis on the paralegal’s role. Topics include intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, products liability, medical malpractice, special tort actions, including mass torts, immunities, and commonly employed defenses, and paralegal ethics. The course has a practical element requiring students to draft documents, such as a petition and motion for summary judgment, in addition to briefing cases. Students will become familiar with computer applications used in a torts practice.
This course provides the paralegal student with a basic and thorough understanding of laws governing the creation and operation of businesses. Topics covered include the formation of business entities (including sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and other business structures), corporate filings, minute book preparation, ethical obligations of the paralegal working in this field, and computer applications being utilized in corporate law practice. Practical skills are emphasized through assigned drafting and formation projects.
Undergraduate Program Costs
Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.