The Legal Assistant Technology curriculum offered through Trinity Valley Community College is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work under the general direction of attorneys to assist them in completion of legal tasks. Students completing this program will be able to prepare complaints, motions, subpoenas, billing forms, and will be well-prepared for a career as a legal assistant.
According to the most recent U. S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020. The following video provides information on Legal Assistant careers in the State of Texas. This video was produced by the Texas Genuine project whose Web site provides information on workforce careers.
Presents ethical and legal responsibilities as well as rules of professional responsibility a paralegal owes to the public, the court, clients, and colleagues. Includes a review of the canons and codes.
LGLA 1407. Introduction to Law and the Legal Professions (4-4-0)
Overview of the law and the legal professions including legal concepts, systems, and terminology; substantive areas of law and the federal and state judicial systems; ethical obligations and regulations; professional trends and issues with emphasis on the paralegal's role..
LGLA 1345. Civil Litigation (3-3-0)
Presents fundamental concepts and procedures of civil litigation including pretrial, trial, and post-trial phases of litigation and emphasizes paralegal's role in civil litigation.
LGLA 1353. Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration (3-3-0)
Fundamental concepts of the law of wills, trusts, and probate administration emphasizing the paralegal's role.
LGLA 1355. Family Law (3-3-0)
Fundamental concepts of family law including formal and informal marriages, divorce, annulment, marital property, and the parent-child relationship with emphasis on the paralegal's role in family law.
Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization offered through an individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under the supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Includes a lecture component. Lab fee.
LGLA 2303. Torts and Personal Injury Law (3-3-0)
Fundamental concepts of tort and personal injury law including intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability with emphasis on the paralegal's role.
LGLA 2305. Interviewing and Investigating (3-3-0)
A study of techniques used to locate, gather, document, and manage information with emphasis on developing interview and investigative skills ,and the paralegal's role in interviewing and investigating legal matters.
LGLA 2307. Law Office Management (3-3-0)
Fundamentals of principles and structure of management, administration, and substantive systems in the law office including law practice technology as applied to paralegals.
LGLA 2313. Criminal Law and Procedure. (3-3-0)
Fundamental concepts of criminal law and procedure from arrest to final disposition including principles of federal and state law emphasizing the role of the paralegal in the criminal justice system.
POFL 1305. Legal Terminology. (3-3-0)
This course presents an overview of legal terminology and how these terms are used in legal documents.
The BAAS transfer options provide opportunities for students who complete an AAS with TVCC to continue their education at a partnering university. By enrolling and completing online courses with the partnering university, TVCC’s AAS students are able to earn a bachelor of applied arts and sciences (BAAS) degree that often is necessary for advancement into managerial and executive positions.