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Classroom Paralegal Certification Program

Have a new career in only five months.

Why become a paralegal?

Paralegals (also known as legal assistants) play a vital role in the legal system by performing a variety of essential tasks depending on the organizations where they are employed. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching legal issues
  • Investigating facts
  • Drafting documents
  • Interviewing attending corporate transactions, depositions, hearings and trials

Experienced paralegals can perform almost any task an attorney performs, but may not give legal advice or represent clients in a court of law. Paralegals work in a variety of settings, but they’re most commonly employed by law firms, government agencies and legal departments at corporations. The majority of paralegals work in the litigation field, but may also work in other areas such as:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Real estate
  • Oil and gas
  • Many more

How do you become a paralegal?

No state requires that a paralegal take any exam for certification. Students that have a bachelor's degree in any field and have graduated from the Rice Paralegal Graduate Certificate Program in Houston, TX can consider themselves paralegals.

Why choose Rice?

Our highly-rated, skills-based paralegal program is taught by practicing attorneys and includes career search support. It is ideal for those seeking to enhance their career or start a new one in the paralegal profession. Rice paralegal graduates are in demand – we regularly get job postings from Houston employers. In fact, many of our students find jobs before completing our program.

Don't miss the opportunity to enroll in the only Houston paralegal program requiring a bachelor's degree.

Comprehensive curriculum covered in a five-month program

Five Month ProgramWhen you attend class on the Rice campus in Houston, TX, you will attend regularly scheduled classes with live instruction and access to interactive, online study tools that include practice exercise questions, lecture notes, quizzes and mock exams. Students will have access to LexisNexis® and Westlaw® accounts.

Taught by practicing attorneys

Taught by practicing attorneysAll paralegal training sections are taught by practicing Houston area attorneys.


Quality over quantity

Our class sizes are small and feature high-caliber students who hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Students receive personalized attention and direction, ensuring greater success in the paralegal program.

Affiliation with one of the world's top accredited universities in Houston, TX 

Top Accredited University

Located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, TX, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Career search support

Career Search Support

Rice Paralegal Graduate Certificate Program graduates have been embraced by the legal community by hiring them and, in many cases, returning to hire others as new classes complete the program. We also provide assistance with resume preparation and interview skills.


Start your path to a new career that will lead to you becoming a sought-after Rice University Paralegal Graduate Certificate holder.

Course Details

Daytime Classroom Paralegal Certification Program Register Now
Must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
22 meetings
Aug. 21, 2017-Jan. 31, 2018
(2017 no class dates: Sept. 4 and 20, Nov. 22, Dec. 13
2018 no class dates: Jan 3 and 15)
Day of the Week
Mondays and Wednesdays
Course Format
9.6 CEUs
Time of Day
6-9 p.m.
Tuition Fee
If registering by July 21: $4,350
After July 21: $4,550
Download Flyer Information Session Contact Us Note: Fee does not include cost of texts, approximately $650. A textbook list and ordering instructions will be provided after registration for the program. 


"All of the instructors were amazing -- they were extremely thorough in their presentation of information and in the execution of their lessons. Though the program is only five months, I found it to be a solid foundation for me to begin my new career as a paralegal. In fact, 10 days after graduating from the program and receiving my paralegal certificate from Rice University, I was hired by a local law firm."