School and Ranking Information
Only three schools within 50 miles of San Antonio offer legal assisting or paralegal programs. Texas State University - San Marcos, San Antonio College and St. Phillip's College provide the best programs, based on graduation rates, rankings and program offerings.
- Winner: Texas State University - San Marcos, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among regional universities, is a four-year institution that offers a postgraduate certificate and master's degree designed for paralegals.
- Runner-Up #1: San Antonio College is a two-year institution where students can attain an associate's degree in paralegal studies or legal office administration.
- Runner-Up #2: St. Phillips College in San Antonio offers an associate's degree in legal office administration.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Texas State University - San Marcos||San Antonio College||St Philip's College|
|Ranking||46th among regional schools in the West in 2013,
12th among top public schools in 2013 (West)**
|Location||San Marcos, TX (50.1 miles from San Antonio)||San Antonio, TX||San Antonio, TX|
|School Type||Four-year, public||Two-year, public||Two-year, public|
|Tuition (2013)||$7,732 (undergraduate, in-state), $16,858 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$6,354 (graduate, in-state), $12,672 (graduate, out-of-state)*
|$2,038 (undergraduate, in-district), $5,500 (undergraduate, in-state), $10,822 (undergraduate, out-of-state)*||$2,038 (undergraduate, in-district), $5,500 (undergraduate, in-state), $10,822 (undergraduate, out-of-state)*|
|Legal Assistant and Paralegal Levels Offered||Postgraduate certificate; master's degree||Associate's degree||Associate's degree|
|Legal Assistant and Paralegal Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||89*||19*||1*|
|Most Popular Legal Assistant and Paralegal Program (2012)||Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Assistant/Paralegal (75 awarded)*||Associate's in Legal Assistant/Paralegal (17 awarded)*||Associate's in Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary (1 awarded)*|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time for students)||55% (2006 Entering Class)*||5% (2009 Entering Class)*||4% (2009 Entering Class)*|
|Noteworthy||Programs approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)||N/A||N/A|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report.
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Winner: Texas State University - San Marcos
- The school is a member of the Texas State University system
- The master's program offers three concentrations: environmental law, legal administration and alternative disputes
The College of Liberal Arts at Texas State University - San Marcos features a Master of Arts in Legal Studies program. Students are instructed in numerous theories of law, legal writing and research. In addition to a cumulative research project, comprehensive exam and internship, students complete coursework in legal research, theories, litigation and legal drafting. Within in the concentrations, students complete coursework in administrative law, family law, real estate law and law office management. The legal administration specialization includes an option in private sector administration and public sector administration.
In order for students to qualify for the paralegal certificate program, they must have a bachelor's degree. The 24-credit program is designed to run parallel with the master's degree program. In addition to coursework, students complete an internship.
Runner-Up #1: San Antonio College
- 19:1 student-faculty ratio, according to NCES
- Flexible class schedules (day, evening and online courses available)
The administrative computer technology department at San Antonio offers an associate's degree program in paralegal studies and legal administrative assisting. The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies program trains students to conduct legal research, prepare for trials and assist in the creation of various legal documents. Coursework examines professional responsibility and ethics, civil litigation and investigative practices. Students also complete a paralegal internship.
Students in the Associate of Applied Science in Legal Administrative Assistant Preparation program are expected to develop word processing, spreadsheet and other office-oriented skills applicable to a legal office environment. Coursework covers legal terminology, administrative office procedures, law office management, law office technology and accounting. The program also includes a cooperative education component, where students combine classroom learning with work experience.
Runner-Up #2: St. Phillip's College
- The student-faculty ratio was 15:1, according to NCES
- The college offers more than 130 distance learning courses
The associate's degree in administrative office technology at St. Phillip's College teaches student to be knowledgeable and efficient in managing records, writing reports and creating spreadsheets in a legal setting. The first year of the program will feature courses in computing, English, word processing, records management and accounting. When students begin year two, they will start the 27-credit legal administration portion of the degree program. Coursework examines legal terminology, civil litigation, office technology and legal transcription. In the final semester, students participate in a legal administrative internship. Graduates of the program are prepared for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam.