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2017-2018 Official General Catalog 
2017-2018 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Paralegal Studies: A.A.S.

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Associate in Applied Science1

CIP CODE: 5099.00

The Paralegal Studies program is designed to introduce students to the substantive and practical aspects of the paralegal function, leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The program emphasizes both the theory and the practice of paralegal procedures essential for employment in a law office or other legal settings. The program can be pursued on a full or part-time basis.

Students wishing to transfer to four-year schools as pre-law majors should consult the Business Department.

SEQUENCE OF COURSES: This model is a two-year course schedule for students meeting all program requirements and deciding to pursue full-time study. Schedules will be redesigned for those requiring preparatory courses or those deciding to pursue part-time study.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  5. Demonstrate recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  6. 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
E-mail: behrrp1@sunybroome.edu

Gerald A. Loy, Esq., Coordinator
Office: Business Building, Room 216
Telephone: 607 778-5300
E-mail: loyga@sunybroome.edu



Fall Semester 17 Credits

  • Math/Science Elective2 Credits: 3
  • Business Elective Credits: 3
  • Social Science Elective3 Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 2

Spring Semester 18 Credits

  • ENG Advisor Approved English Course Credits: 3
  • Paralegal Elective Credits: 3
  • Paralegal Elective Credits: 3
  • Paralegal Elective Credits: 3
  • Math/Science Elective2 Credits: 3
  • Arts/Science Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 64


Students should check with their advisors 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.

A Paralegal Certificate is available.
2Recommended Math/Sciences: MAT 113/114/115/124, PHS 111
3Choose one from the following: ECO 110/111, SOC 110/111, POS 201/204, SOS 111/120/130.
4See Advisor


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