CIP CODE: 5099.00
The Paralegal Certificate emphasizes both the theory and the practice of paralegal procedures essential for employment in a law office or other legal settings.
Students may complete the program in 9 months if they take the required courses in the proper sequence, or they may take longer if they wish. Courses are offered day, evening, or online. Students should check with their advisor during the scheduling process to make sure courses are taken in proper sequence and any prerequisites have been met. Some flexibility is available as to when courses must be taken, but not all courses are offered every semester. All students must complete the core requirements below, and then complete at least an additional 18 credits chosen from the designated electives. With proper planning and advisement, students may be able to apply most of the credits earned towards an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies.
- Demonstrate evidence of an appropriate mastery of the Jurisdictional basis of the Federal and New York State Court Systems by selecting the correct court for various legal actions.
- Demonstrate evidence an appropriate mastery of the process of briefing a case by submitting a minimum of 5 case briefs which analyze the facts and issues of a published case decision on the New York and Federal Court levels.
- Demonstrate evidence an ability to critically think legally by applying an appropriate legal rule, case decision, and/or legal doctrine to a set of facts such that the application of the selected rule, case decision, and/or legal rule is instrumental in resolving the legal issue.
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
- Demonstrate recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
- Demonstrate an ability to understand professional, ethical, behavioral and social responsibilities, in a business context.
Program supervised by:
Rick Behr, Chairperson
Office: Business Building, Room 108
Telephone: 607 778-5133
Gerald A. Loy, Esq., Coordinator
Office: Business Building, Room 216
Telephone: 607 778-5300