Dallas Paralegal Schools
Paralegal courses are typically offered as part of a certificate or degree program in the field, as is the case with the Dallas-area schools profiled in this article. Read an overview of the coursework and learning opportunities at three institutions and compare the colleges using the table of statistics. A few details on other area education options are included as well.
- El Centro College, located in the heart of Dallas, offers an associate's degree program in paralegal studies that includes internship opportunities.
- Situated about 30 miles from central Dallas, Collin County Community College District has a paralegal certificate program as well as two associate's degree options in the field.
- Texas Wesleyan University offers a bachelor's degree program in paralegal studies that's open to students with previously-earned credits in this area of study. The campus is around 28 miles from downtown Dallas.
Comparison of Schools
Check out the table below to get specific facts on tuition, enrollment numbers, student retention and much more for the featured schools. The stats it contains could help you decide which college is -- or isn't -- the one that best fits your needs.
|El Centro College||Collin County Community College District||Texas Wesleyan University|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||10,797*||31,609*||2,396*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize suburb||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220 out-of-state*||$1,384 in-district; $2,644 in-state; $4,474 out-of-state*||$27,800*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||72%*||36%*||82%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*||34%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||54% for full-time students*||66% for full-time students*||57% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||10% (for students beginning Fall 2014)*||16% (for students beginning Fall 2014)*||35% (for students beginning Fall 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
El Centro College
El Centro College is a 2-year, public school that is a part of the Dallas County Community College District. The college's close proximity to the city's records building and the criminal, civil and federal courthouses nearby provide students with access to many legal resources.
Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
This 2-year program provides students with communication and technical skills that can allow them to obtain positions as legal assistants or paralegals in government, corporate or private law firms. In addition to general education courses, students complete coursework in paralegal procedures and law concepts, including contracts, civil litigation, real property, family law and personal injury. Students may participate in two paralegal cooperative education internships, which provide professional experience in various law settings.
Collin County Community College District
Collin County Community College District is a 2-year, public school with five campuses in Collin County, located approximately 30 miles from Dallas, TX. The college offers programs that train students for paralegal positions by incorporating courses in legal terminology, procedures and computer skills.
Paralegal General Certificate
This three-semester certificate program requires 36 credits and provides an introduction to torts and personal injury, civil litigation and legal writing. Students also acquire the necessary skills to perform legal research using computer applications and law library techniques. Additionally, students can take a preparation course for the National Association of Legal Assistants' Certified Legal Assistant Examination.
Paralegal/Legal Assistant Associate of Applied Science
Students in this 60-credit associate's degree program develop legal writing and research skills and can improve their computer competency. Graduates of the program may be prepared for paralegal and legal assistant positions.
Texas Wesleyan University
Texas Wesleyan University is a private, not-for-profit school located in Fort Worth, which is about 28 miles from downtown Dallas. The school offers students with an interest in legal studies the opportunity to pursue a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies.
Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies
Coursework within this program includes instruction in legal ethics, criminal law, legal research and writing, trial advocacy, alternative dispute resolution and law office project management. This is a transfer-only program; students who have completed a 2-year study at another institution can obtain their bachelor's degree by finishing years 3 and 4 at Texas Weslyan University.
The Dallas area offers additional school options for students seeking paralegal training programs. Tarrant County College offers certificate and associate's degree programs in paralegal studies at their Fort Worth campus, which is about 31 miles from Dallas.