Tyler Junior College


Students successfully completing this program receive the associate in applied science degree and will be prepared for an entry-level position as a paralegal.

According to the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., paralegals (also known as legal assistants) "are a distinguishable group of persons who assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training, and experience, legal assistants have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney."

Degree Plans


  • Patricia Coplan
  • Lucy Hebron 

Adjunct Faculty

  • Jim Williams
  • Gary Morgan

Paralegal Career options

Paralegals assume a growing range of tasks in the nation’s legal offices, such as:

  • Prepare for hearings, trials, closings, and corporate meetings
  • Identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other material relevant to assigned cases
  • Prepare written reports that attorneys use in determining how cases should be handled
  • Draft pleadings and motions to be filed in court
  • Prepare legal arguments
  • Obtain affidavits
  • Assist attorneys during trials
  • Organize and track files of all important case documents
  • Draft contracts, mortgages, separation agreements, and trust instruments
  • Prepare tax returns and planning estates
Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/paralegal

Paralegal Contact Information

Jason Waller
Department Chair
Office: Pirtle T-116

Email: jwal@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2539

Advising contact: 903-510-2347