Center for Advanced Legal Studies

800 W Sam Houston Parkway S, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77042
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  • The mission of Center for Advanced Legal Studies is to provide students with the skills and practical and ethical knowledge necessary to excel as paralegals and meet the needs of the legal, governmental, and corporate communities.

School Highlights

Center for Advanced Legal Studies serves 243 students (100% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 64% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.

Top Rankings

Center for Advanced Legal Studies ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Texas for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 19 teachers has grown by 375% over five years.
Center for Advanced Legal Studies(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationSpecial Focus Two-Year: Other FieldsAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty19 staff262 staff
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Number of Programs Offered210

Student Body

The student population of Center for Advanced Legal Studies has grown by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 26:1 over five years.
The Center for Advanced Legal Studies diversity score of 0.68 is equal to the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment243 students4,831 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:117:1
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# Full-Time Students243 students1,371 students
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# Undergraduate Students243 students1,339 students
# Graduate Students6 students28 students
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% Asian
1%
5%
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% Hispanic
33%
47%
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% Black
29%
12%
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% White
36%
29%
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% Hawaiian
1%
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Diversity Score0.680.68
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College Completion Rate
65%
24%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,200$34,600
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $9,300 is more than the state average of $4,287.
The public out-state tuition of $9,300 is more than the state average of $6,528.
In-State Tuition Fees$9,300$4,287
Out-State Tuition Fees$9,300$6,528
Tuition NotesIncludes tuition, fees, and access to textbooks through Cengage Unlimited. Tuition for certificate program only. Please contact admissions for information regarding degree program.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid79%82%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,397$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$3,516$5,500
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Acceptance Rate50%76%
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

Center for Advanced Legal Studies (CALS), founded in 1987, is an accredited college in Texas that specializes in paralegal education and training.
  • CALS offers a Paralegal Certificate program designed for individuals who have previously earned a college degree, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree program for those in search of their first college degree. Both programs are accredited and provide a comprehensive skills-based approach to paralegal studies.
  • Both paralegal programs are offered 100% online using technology whereby students can see and hear their instructors in real-time.
  • Specializing solely in paralegal education gives CALS the freedom to design our classrooms, library, and other resources to meet the specific needs of our paralegal students and faculty. Our classrooms are spacious, comfortable, and provide our students with ample room to take notes and arrange their materials.
  • CALS' library is equipped with resources specific to the study of law, has generous work areas, Westlaw access, and provides a quiet atmosphere for research and study.
  • Graduates are assisted by a full-time Director of Career Services who helps students prepare for their job search and assists in setting up job interviews with historical employers of CALS graduates.
  • Center for Advanced Legal Studies is accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board authorizes the Associate of Applied Science Degree Program at Center for Advanced Legal Studies.
  • CALS is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, Austin, Texas.

Profile last updated: 04/05/2022

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