Sep 23, 2021  
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Paralegal: Certificate

This program is deactivated and is no longer accepting new students.


CIP Code: 22.0302


The mission of the Paralegal Certificate is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a paralegal. With flexible class times and an internship opportunity, graduates of this certificate will be well prepared to obtain entry-level positions in law offices and businesses, such as real estate companies. Graduates may also wish to apply credits earned in the certificate program towards an AAS in Paralegal Studies.

Program 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 Supervisor

Gian Roma, Chairperson
Office: Business Building, Room 108
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5133

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 Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies.