55th paralegal class, but the first at UHD.
Jac’s 50th Class — her Golden Class — had mugs made for everybody.
Jac Brennan, Director, set up this site for the use of students in the program.
The UH Paralegal program gives you the educational credentials and the skills you need to become a paralegal in the State of Texas. The purpose of this website is to allow instruction and information to be in one place for the convenience of current UH Paralegal students.
The Paralegal Certificate Program at UH provides excellent training for future paralegals. The curriculum was written specifically for this program by Jac Brennan, an experienced attorney and educator. The course, offered by the Continuing Education Program at UH, has two formats. The weekend program meets from 9-5 on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekday program meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 – 3. This allows students the choice of an accelerated weekend program or a weekday class schedule.
The curriculum is practical and skills-based, with the vast majority of the class time devoted to learning actual paralegal skills. Many areas of substantive, as well as procedural, law are covered in the class. Several legal topics are addressed through guest speakers, mainly attorneys, who present and take questions about the particular area of the law in which they practice. Professional paralegals will also talk to the class about the profession.
Jac Brennan is an attorney, licensed to practice law in Texas since 1998. After graduating from the University of Houston Law Center, she opened a law firm that quickly grew to a 12-lawyer general practice partnership. Although she supervised attorneys who practiced in many areas of the law, Jac’s practice has always focused on employment, civil rights, and disability law. Her interest in disability law started with her nine children, the youngest five of whom are adopted and have different kinds of disabilities. Jac left private practice to work with two non-profit disability organizations — as a managing attorney at Advocacy, Inc. (now Disability Rights Texas) and as the training director for the Southwest ADA Center. Always involved in the community, Jac has served on the Boards of Directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Houston, Womenade of Houston, and Project DOCC Houston. She serves on the Bioethics Committee of Texas Children’s Hospital and served on the Ethics Committee of TIRR Memorial Hermann. In 2008, Jac started a non-profit organization called A Simple Thread, which helps Houstonians who are homeless. Jac has served on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Houston Subcommittee, the Disability Issues Committee of the State Bar of Texas, and is currently on the Paralegal Committee of the State Bar of Texas. Jac is licensed to practice in Texas, and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court bar. Jac has been the director of the UH Paralegal Certificate Program since 2006.