Paralegal Studies

Dr. Kevin C. O'MalleyDr. Kevin C. O’Malley
Program Coordinator


Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies

Legal Assisting “Certificate Of Proficiency” Level One

Texas Southmost College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and a Certificate of Proficiency- Level 1 in Legal Assisting. Students who complete the AAS- Paralegal studies program or the Legal Assisting Certificate program have the opportunity to seek employment in a variety of legal settings. Students pursuing the AAS- Paralegal Studies and the Certificate in Legal Assisting degrees learn foundational legal concepts in courses designed to develop a strong foundation in the tasks necessary to contribute to the legal profession and law office management.

The past, present and future bedrock of our Paralegal Studies Program is the non-negotiable requirement that all of our graduates possess the ability to both recognize and unwaveringly follow the highest level of ethical conduct mandated by the legal profession.

Both the Associate Of Applied Science Degree In Paralegal Studies and the Level One Certificate Of Proficiency In Legal Assisting prepare our graduates for legal work in many vital economic areas including law firms, federal and state governments and numerous financial, insurance and nonprofit corporations.

Because the law has profound implications in all aspects of our daily lives, we encourage our students to pair our legal education with their own individual passions in order to allow them the opportunity to create exciting lifetime careers.

To that end, we’ve structured our Level One Certificate Of Proficiency In Legal Assisting as a building block for continuing education toward our students’ attainment of an Associate Of Applied Science Degree In Paralegal Studies.


Paralegals are not attorneys, and, as such, may neither provide direct or indirect legal services nor render direct or indirect legal advice to the public, except as both explicitly permitted by law and under the direct supervision of a licensed Texas attorney in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.