University Of Houston

“As a graduate of this class, I can say this was one of the most challenging things I have ever done. With that being said, it was definitely the most rewarding experience I have had. I am so glad I made the decision to take this class. I learned so much about the law and our wonderful country. Jac is an exceptional teacher and I learned so much from her. I would absolutely recommend taking this class.” Stacie Johnson, paralegal graduate

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a paralegal?

A person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by an organization.  Paralegals are qualified to perform their responsibilities by completing an educational program, receiving training on the job, or through actual work experience.  Paralegals perform substantive legal work that would otherwise be done by attorneys.

What do paralegals do?

7 out of 10 work for law firms and others work for corporate legal departments and government agencies.  Paralegals are found in all types of organizations and the type of work they do is as diversified as the organizations they work in.  Familiarity with computers has become essential to paralegal work.  Software packages and the internet are used to search legal literature stored in databases.

Who is the course designed for?

People wanting to enter the legal field, those currently employed in a law firm, people thinking about law school, or people wanting a career change.

How much is the course?

Weekend and weekday course is $4199

Is there an installment plan available?

Yes, students who wish to participate in the installment plan must complete a promise to pay form and provide a credit card that can be charged if payment is not made on time. More information and a downloadable link is available on our enrollment page.

How many classes can I miss?

Students may miss a total of 2 days and still graduate.  If you miss more than 2 days you must re-take the program in another semester.

How much is the re-take tuition?

To re-take a course is $1500 but it is only offered on a space available basis.

Is financial aid available?

The traditional or F.A.F.S.A based financial aid is not available for Paralegal students. However, there are other options:

  1. Smart Loans from Sallie Mae (application is available on our website)
  2. Texas workforce

Furthermore, a certificate program is considered a not-for-credit course.  This means that the training you receive in this course is sufficient on its own in consideration of the purpose.  UH only offers financial aid assistance to those students in for-credit courses.

What are paralegals paid?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2010-11 edition Occupational Outlook Handbook states:
Wages of paralegals and legal assistants vary greatly. Salaries depend on education, training, experience, the type and size of employer, and the geographic location of the job. In general, paralegals that work for large law firms or in large metropolitan areas earn more than those who work for smaller firms or in less populated regions. In May 2008, full-time wage-and-salary paralegals and legal assistants earned $46,120. The middle 50 percent earned between $36,080 and $59,310. The top 10 percent earned more than $73,450, and the bottom 10 percent earned less than $29,260

Is the course ABA approved?

No, the American Bar Association does not offer ABA approval to paralegal certificate programs like the one offered at the University of Houston.  UH along with other universities in our city as well as Texas offer programs that are outside of the guidelines of ABA approved programs.  These programs are recognized by the State Bar of Texas which is the certifying body for attorneys who wish to practice law in Texas.

What makes UH different?

The curriculum for our program is specifically designed to offer skills based training rather than training in various areas of substantive law.  This curriculum fits within the definitions provided by the State Bar of Texas.

Is all learning done in the classroom?

We don't have class anywhere but the classroom, but of course, there's a good deal of homework. 

Do you have online class portions?

There are no online portions or exercises in this program. All learning and activities are completed in-class or as homework.

Do students have access to any online legal software/research tools?

Yes. Students have access to WestLaw during the course, as well as ProDoc Document Production software.

How much time should students expect to spend on studying/researching?

While time studying and completing homework varies, most students spend 10 - 20 hours a week on homework and preparing for tests

What are the requirements for passing the course?

Students must achieve an average of 70 or above in the program in order to earn their certificate.