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The Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Houston, TX [By Devon Pryor] According to their website, the Center for Advanced Legal Studies is “the only ABA approved and accredited college in Texas that specializes in paralegal education.” The center was founded in 1981, in San Antonio, TX. In 1987, the Houston branch of the center opened after being granted an operation license by the Texas Education Agency. In the same year, the center was accredited by the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions Division of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The center went on to gain further recognition, including accreditation by the Council on Occupational Education and approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 1992 and the American Bar Association in 1998.

Many other government organizations

have already earned bachelor’s degrees.

demonstrate 95% attendance and have GPAs

have since lent their support to the Center

This comprehensive program ensures

of at least 3.8, as well as by inducting only

for Advanced Legal Studies. The center

that graduates will leave the center with

20% of students who meet these standards

is a member of the Texas Department

the necessary skills and certifications

into the honor society.

of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

to succeed in the paralegal profession.

(DARS), which works to provide disabled

The school also offers a program for

The Center for Advanced Legal Studies is

Texans and families with developmentally

undergraduates who would like to earn

located in central Houston’s Upper Kirby

delayed children equal opportunities for

Associate of Applied Science degrees. The

District, less than five miles away from

social participation and improved quality

A.A.S. program prepares students to move

various corporate plazas and minutes away

of life. Approval from the U.S. Department

on to the paralegal certificate program and

from Houston’s most prestigious law firms.

of Education has qualified the center to

features specialty courses in immigration

The school offers an externship program,

offer federal financial assistance, including

law and criminal law, as well as training for

which allows students opportunities to put

Federal PLUS Loans, Federal Stafford Loans,

handling wills, trusts, and probates. General

their education to work in all law-related

and Federal Pell Grants, among other forms

education and computer courses are offered,

business areas. Students gain imperative on-

of aid. The U.S. Department of Veterans

as well, affording undergrads legal-based,

the-job experience while forging reputations

Affairs has approved the training of veterans

yet well-rounded, educations.

with sponsoring companies, increasing their chances of being hired upon graduation. The

at the center under various chapters of the Montgomery GI Bill, which allots veterans

Particularly accomplished students are

center also offers free lifetime placement

roughly $1,100 per month for three years

recognized upon commencement with

assistance for every graduate, which is just

of full-time enrollment, with the purpose of

honor certificates awarded to those with

one of a variety of student services.

providing training for post-military careers.

perfect attendance records and 95% or higher grade point averages. Through its

Facilities at the Center for Advanced Legal

In addition to their notable achievements, the

membership in the American Association for

Studies include a library and computer labs

Center for Advanced Legal Studies maintains

Paralegal Education, the center is permitted

equipped with current versions of helpful

membership in numerous paralegal

to offer students induction into the national

computer programs, as well as other

organizations, including the American

honor society Lambda Epsilon Chi, which

resources to aid students in creating the

Association for Paralegal Education,

recognizes superior academic performance

types of legal documents they will need to

the National Federation of Paralegal

by students pursuing paralegal/legal

work with in their careers. Virtual tours of

Associations, Inc., the National Association

assistant studies. According to the center’s

the facilities are available on the center’s

of Legal Assistants, the paralegal division

website, each school that offers induction

website. Classes are offered within either a

of the State Bar of Texas, and the Houston

into LEX, as it is commonly referred to,

morning or evening program, in order to suit

Metropolitan Paralegal Association.

devises unique requirements for eligibility.

student needs.

The Center for Advanced Legal Studies The center offers a paralegal certificate

ensures that LEX membership remains

The center publishes a quarterly newsletter,

program for incoming students who

exclusive by requiring that inductees

called In Brief, to inform readers about

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events and news relevant to the paralegal

profiles of key members of the center’s staff

profession. The newsletter is available online

and stories about the center’s involvement

or by mail and features profiles of notable

in community events. One such event is the

graduates, as well as testimonials from

Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association

appreciative alumni. Attorneys and judges

Career Enhancement Symposium, an annual

American Association for Paralegal

also have the opportunity to voice their

educational, networking, and information-

Education (AAfPE)

approval of the excellent students they have

sharing event sponsored by the Center for

www.aafpe.org

sponsored through the center’s externship

Advanced Legal Studies.

program. Also featured in the newsletter are

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