There are at least eight schools within 25 miles of Houston, TX, that offer programs in legal administrative support; half of them are for-profit institutions. The smallest of the four public colleges and universities has a student-faculty ratio of 17:1 and offers specialized programs for legal assistants that include real-life work experience.
- Winner: Alvin Community College is located in Alvin, TX, less than 25 miles south of Houston. At the college, students can earn an Administrative Support Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) for Administrative Assistants with an emphasis on legal work.
School Info Chart
|Category||Alvin Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate:
|Legal Assistant and Paralegal Awards Offered||Certificate and associate|
|Legal Assistant and Paralegal Awards Conferred (all levels) in 2012-2013||37*|
|Most Popular Legal Assistant and Paralegal Program in 2012-2013||<1-year certificate (19 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||12%*|
|Noteworthy||Career Services and Job Placement Center provides students with electronic, in-person and print-based employment assistance and preparation|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Alvin Community College
- Administrative assistant and support programs provide training in Excel, Publisher and QuickBooks
- Administrative Support Certificate program includes a 3-credit cooperative work experience
- AAS for Administrative Assistants program includes at least eight months of office work
- Both the certificate and the degree programs include a course in career planning
Alvin Community College (ACC) offers approximately 16 certificate and 40 associate degree programs to over 5,100 students each year, both on campus and online. Students can earn a certificate or an associate degree in office administration with an executive, a legal or a medical emphasis. Regardless of the program, all applicants must take the college's academic placement test and submit transcripts; first-time students meet with an advisor and attend an orientation session.
The 49-credit Administrative Support Certificate takes three semesters to complete and includes training in computer applications, keyboarding, office procedures and records management. The first three semesters of the AAS for Administrative Assistants mirror those found in the certificate program. During the final semester students complete general education courses in English, math and speech, as well as electives in the humanities and social sciences. To fulfill the requirements for the legal emphasis, students take two courses in legal terminology and word processing.