UHD Paralegal Certificate Program

Skills-based training to become a paralegal in just 9 short weeks. Since 2007.

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Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 03/16/2024

Congratulations to the graduates of the spring 2024 paralegal program here at UHD! These students put in so much time, effort, and hard work over the past few months.

Welcome to the profession, paralegals. It’s time to celebrate! 🎉🎉

uhd.edu 01/02/2024

Need a new career for the new year? Join us for our next FREE info session and find out how our program prepares students to hit the ground running in nine short weeks!

✅Fast-paced, intensive weekend format
✅Skills-based program
✅Fully online
✅Taught by a practicing attorney

Register now at uhd.edu/paralegal.

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Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 11/20/2023

Congratulations to the graduates of our fall 2023 paralegal program! This fun and diverse group of students worked incredibly hard over the last nine weeks and now it’s time to celebrate. Welcome to the profession, paralegals! 🎉⚖️

11/19/2023

The mock trial verdict is in! In the case of Martinez v. Garza, the jury rendered a take-nothing verdict for the defense team. Congratulations to all of our students who have been working on this case for the past nine weeks, and special thanks to our alumni mentors who served as jurors.
Graduation photos coming soon!

Info Sessions | University of Houston-Downtown 08/18/2023

Thinking about a new career? Join us for our next FREE info session and find out how our program prepares students to hit the ground running in nine short weeks!

✅Fast-paced, intensive weekend format
✅Skills-based program
✅Taught by a practicing attorney

Click below to register for a FREE info session.

Info Sessions | University of Houston-Downtown The university of Houston-Downtown offers a free informational session for students interested in the paralegal certificate program.

Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 08/05/2023

Congratulations to the graduates of our summer 2023 paralegal program. This class was fully online and these students worked incredibly hard over the past nine weeks. Welcome to the profession, paralegals! 🎉

Registration | University of Houston-Downtown 06/05/2023

There's still time to register for our fully online summer program that starts this Saturday, June 10! Click the link below to register now!

Registration | University of Houston-Downtown Registration link for the University of Houston-Downtown paralegal certificate program.

Info Sessions | University of Houston-Downtown 04/28/2023

Want to find out more about our fully online, 9-week summer program? Register for one of our FREE info sessions now!

Info Sessions | University of Houston-Downtown The university of Houston-Downtown offers a free informational session for students interested in the paralegal certificate program.

Info Sessions | University of Houston-Downtown 04/10/2023

Thinking about a new career? Join us for our next FREE info session and find out how our program prepares students to hit the ground running in nine short weeks!

✅Fast-paced, intensive weekend format
✅Skills-based program
✅Taught by a practicing attorney
✅FULLY ONLINE for summer 2023

Register now at uhd.edu/paralegal.
Change your career. Change your life.

Info Sessions | University of Houston-Downtown The university of Houston-Downtown offers a free informational session for students interested in the paralegal certificate program.

Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 04/02/2023

Congratulations to the spring 2023 graduates of the UHD Paralegal Certificate Program. This class was so much fun to teach and the mock trial was one for the record books. Well done, paralegals!! 🎉🎉

📷: Mallika Verma

Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 04/01/2023

Snack game: 10/10

Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 03/29/2023

So proud of Jen. She was a student in the UH Paralegal Program I taught, then a law student, lawyer, and now a Super Lawyers Rising Star AND the Instructor of the UHD Paralegal Certificate Program. Could not be prouder.

Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 03/27/2023

Congratulations to our instructor, Jennifer Bonds Cabrera, for being selected once again as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in appellate law! Each year, less than 2.5% of the attorneys in Texas are selected to receive this honor based on a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 🎉

03/14/2023

You've been asking and we've been listening.

Registration is OPEN for our FULLY ONLINE summer program starting June 10. Register now at uh.edu/paralegal or drop your questions in the comments below!

Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 02/14/2023

Happy Valentine's Day to our paralegals and future paralegals! ❤️

Advanced Paralegal Certificate - Legal Writing | University of Houston-Downtown 01/10/2023

Be a better paralegal by being a better legal writer. Most attorneys wish for better writing skills in their paralegals. Learn the craft of legal writing.

This Advanced Paralegal Course in Legal Writing will give you more knowledge of, and more practice in:
1. Writing differently for different audiences;
2. Writing with clarity and impact;
3. Writing effective paragraphs, sentences, and words;
4. Writing letters and emails;
5. Writing legal memoranda;
6. Writing case briefs and appellate briefs;
7. Writing to persuade:
8. Drafting contracts;
9. Drafting motions; and
10. Editing yourself and others.
This course will be offered on zoom on three consecutive Saturdays - 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Jac Brennan has been an attorney since 1998. A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, she is licensed to practice in Texas and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. She taught the Paralegal Certificate Program for eleven years at UH before moving the program to UHD in 2017. She has been a logophile for her entire life.

Schedule: February 4 - 18, 2023 - Saturdays (10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Fees: $995.00 ($50 discount if registered 10 working days before the scheduled start of the course).

In order to register for this course, you must have a paralegal certificate, a paralegal degree, or three years of experience performing substantive legal work as a paralegal under the supervision of an attorney.

Advanced Paralegal Certificate - Legal Writing | University of Houston-Downtown Information about the instructor, schedule, and fees of the advanced paralegal certificate in legal writing.

Info Sessions | University of Houston-Downtown 01/04/2023

New year. New career.

Join us for our next FREE info session and find out how our program prepares students to hit the ground running in just nine short weeks!

✅Fast-paced, intensive weekend format
✅Skills-based program
✅Taught by a practicing attorney

Click the "Learn More" button below to register for our next online info session.

Change your career. Change your life.

Info Sessions | University of Houston-Downtown The university of Houston-Downtown offers a free informational session for students interested in the paralegal certificate program.

Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 11/13/2022

Congratulations to the Fall 2022 graduates of the UHD Paralegal Certificate Program. You did it! 🎉

Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 11/13/2022

The mock trial verdict is in! In the case of Verma v. Pereira, the jury has rendered its verdict in favor of the Plaintiff, Mallika Verma.

Congrats to these outstanding new paralegals for a great mock trial, and stay tuned for more pics from graduation!

09/09/2022

Want to join our last free info session before our Fall 2022 Paralegal Certificate Program begins and learn more about our intensive 9-week class?

Use the link below to join us on Saturday, September 10 at 12:00 noon:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84314713688

Meeting ID: 843 1471 3688

08/31/2022

When people ask if our 9-week program is hard. 👀

We won't lie - it's a lot of work. We cover a lot of material in a short amount of time and have very high expectations for our graduates. By the end of those 9 weeks, we want you to be able to walk into any law firm or legal department confident in your new knowledge base and skill set. We also want our graduates to keep up the stellar reputation our program has built in our legal community over the past 16 years.

It's hard. But ask that same question to any one of our graduates and they'll probably all tell you the same thing - the HARD is what makes it GREAT.

08/26/2022

Want to join our free info session this Saturday and learn more about our intensive, 9-week program?

Use the link below at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 27. You'll learn about the class, meet the instructor, and get all of your questions answered.

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89962699201
Meeting ID: 899 6269 9201

Photos from UHD Paralegal Certificate Program's post 08/21/2022

Congratulations to the graduates of the Summer 2022 paralegal program. You did it!

08/21/2022

The (mock trial) verdict is in!

In the case of Jannelle Prieve v. Sarah Kaufman, the jury has rendered a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff for $23,118. Way to go plaintiff’s team!

Graduation is this afternoon, so stay tuned for more from our Summer 2022 paralegals!

08/12/2022

Looking for a new career and wondering what your next steps should be? Start small.

1️⃣ Check out our unofficial class website at www.beaparalegal.com to see what graduates have to say about our program.

2️⃣ Register for a free info session at uhd.edu/paralegal. Our next class starts September 17!

Paralegal Program | University of Houston-Downtown 08/10/2022

Thinking about a new career? Join us for our next FREE info session and find out how our program prepares students to hit the ground running in just nine short weeks!

✅Fast-paced, intensive weekend format
✅Skills-based program
✅Taught by a practicing attorney

Register now at uhd.edu/paralegal.

Change your career. Change your life.

Paralegal Program | University of Houston-Downtown The university of Houston-Downtown offers a paralegal certificate program which is offered on the weekends.

08/04/2022

Use the Zoom link below to join our FREE info session this Saturday, July 6 at 12:00 noon. You'll have a chance to learn more about our program, meet the instructor, and get all your questions answered.

Topic: UHD Paralegal - Info Session
Time: Aug 6, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84082024202
Meeting ID: 840 8202 4202

07/27/2022

Advanced Paralegal Certificate in Legal Writing

Be a better paralegal by being a better writer. The next Legal Writing Class will be on three Saturdays: August 6, 13, and 20, 2022. Jac teaches this class.
Learn the craft of legal writing. This Advanced Paralegal Course in Legal Writing will give you more knowledge of, and more practice in:
Writing differently for different audiences;
Writing with clarity and impact;
Writing effective paragraphs, sentences, and words;
Writing letters and emails;
Writing legal memoranda;
Writing case briefs and appellate briefs;
Writing to persuade:
Drafting contracts;
Drafting motions; and
Editing yourself and others.
No mandatory homework and no tests!

Get more info or register for the class at: https://www.uhd.edu/academics/continuing-education/applied-business-technology-center/paralegal-program/Pages/AdvParalelgalCert_LegalWriting.aspx

07/12/2022

Houston Paralegal Alumni Association presents the Second Thursday Lunch & Learn

Topic: Blockchain, Bitcoin, and NFT's - What Legal Professionals Need to Know
Speaker: Saad Aziz
When: Thursday, July 14 at noon
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81727390411

Saad Aziz will be presenting about digital assets and what legal professionals should know about them. With NFTs and cryptocurrency being frequently mentioned in the news, it's important to know how they work, and how to help clients who may be using them.

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Paralegal Certificate Program
by Jac Brennan

In 2006, the University of Houston Continuing Education Department asked me to teach part of its fledgling Paralegal Certificate Program. After that class graduated, UH asked me to revamp the program, find new textbooks, and write a comprehensive, skills-based curriculum so that the Paralegal Certificate Program would build its reputation in the legal community by turning out paralegals who were job-ready when they graduated. With the support of UHCE and the hard work of the paralegal students, I did that. I became the director, and sole instructor, of the program. Between 2006 and 2017, at the University of Houston Main Campus, this program had more than 1100 graduates. In 2017, UH Main closed the Continuing Education Department, so the Paralegal Certificate Program moved to UHDowntown. That same year, we added several options for Advanced Paralegal Certificate courses that can be taken after getting the Paralegal Certificate.

Through the years and the many classes (56 graduating classes, at this point), I made lots of changes in the curriculum, as well as in classroom procedures, but the basics have been consistent. I provide a challenging classroom experience that encourages students to do things, and to find places inside themselves, that they never knew existed.

An important feature of our program is how condensed it is. Students can have a new career in less than three months. Still, there are 126 classroom hours in this demanding course, and lots of homework hours to hone the skills and internalize the knowledge needed to be a successful paralegal. Condensing the class makes it more demanding, especially since it focuses on paralegal skills. We have a file-to-trial mock trial in which students do everything that a litigation paralegal might be asked to do. We have at least twenty attorney guest speakers who not only share their own passion for their area of the law, but also talk about how they utilize paralegals in their practices.

Our graduates often say that they think everybody should take this class, just because they learned so much practical information about the function and form of the different parts of federal, state, and local governments and court systems, as well as basic legal concepts that citizens should understand.

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