Paralegal Schools in New York

The body of knowledge required to effectively perform legal support services can only come from a formal education in paralegal studies. As attorneys, corporations and government agencies work within an increasingly complex legal framework, the level of responsibility they expect paralegals to be able to take on has also increased. Law offices and other employers in New York have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.

Are you one of those ambitious types always looking for new ways to position yourself over your competition? If you’re a practicing paralegal, Game Theory would dictate that a specialized certificate or advanced degree is your next move… Or maybe you’re shifting gears and looking to transition to the field of law after grinding it out for several years in some other job. If that’s the case, then a post-degree certificate in paralegal studies might be what you’re after… Are you just now putting high school behind you and looking to make your first foray into the professional world by way of a paralegal career? Well, then an undergraduate degree could be your best option.

Whether you’re just getting started, changing careers or looking to advance, you could be strolling across the marble floors of a downtown high-rise on your way to work in the law offices of a major firm, and it could happen sooner than you think.

Dubbed Wall Street’s most powerful law firm by Forbes, Skadden is an example of why the nation’s best paralegals are in New York. Headquartered in the heart of NYC, today Skadden is made up of 22 offices with over 1,700 attorneys and thousands of paralegals and support staff. Specializing in mergers and acquisitions among other areas, some of the firm’s most recent cases have included a $2.5 billion insurance company acquisition, a $3.6 billion healthcare company acquisition, and a $2.6 billion industrial manufacturing company acquisition – all within a three-week period in 2017.

Ready to run with the big dogs at a firm like Skadden? If you’re ready to work, we’ve got your back. To help you find the right program to get started or advance, we put together some recommendations for the best paralegal degree and certificate programs in the state and online. Every program we recommend is offered through an accredited school.

 

Asa College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Executive Legal Assistant Certificate – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Asa’s AAS in Paralegal Studies and Executive Legal Assistant Certificate are open to any student with a high school diploma or GED.

The certificate program takes 30 weeks to complete, and courses you take as part of this program can be seamlessly transferred into the AAS program if you decide to continue your studies and earn the degree. The AAS program also includes a three-credit internship experience in the greater NYC metro area.

Classes are offered from AC’s Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn campuses.

 

Berkeley College – New York

AAS in Legal Studies – Campus and online

BS in Legal Studies – Campus and online

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Berkeley provides solid degree programs for students who can make a two or four-year commitment to preparing for a career in the legal field.

The two-year AAS program is comprised of 60 credits, including 33 credits of core courses. The four-year BS program is comprised of 120 credits, including 48 credits of core courses. Both programs include a three-credit internship that will provide you with the kind of real world experience employers look for.

In addition to New Jersey locations, these programs are offered at Berkeley’s New York City and Brooklyn campuses, or can be taken completely online.

 

Boricua College

AS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Boricua offers students a unique learning model based on five pillars of inter-personal education that put the student first. To be eligible for the AS in Paralegal Studies through Boricua, all you need is a high school diploma or its equivalent, participate in a face-to-face interview, and pass a basic entrance examination.

The 69-credit two-year AS program culminates with two practica, including an internship in the greater New York City metro area.

Courses are offered from BC’s Manhattan, Bronx, and two Brooklyn campuses.

 

Bronx Community College (CUNY)

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Bronx CC offers two ABA-approved programs that offer tremendous value.

The two-year 60-credit AAS includes two tracks: traditional paralegal and lay advocate paralegal. The lay advocate option focuses on paralegal subjects relating to community health, family law, legal advocacy, and criminal law. This program is open to any student who meets BCC’s basic entrance requirements.

The 30-week 30-credit certificate program is for working professionals in the legal field or other fields who already have a two-year college degree.

As part of the AAS program you have the opportunity to complete a 210-hour internship at a local law firm. The certificate program also offers an internship opportunity. Classes are offered from CUNY’s Bronx campus.

 

Broome Community College (SUNY)

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus, online options

Paralegal Certificate – Campus, online options

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We’re featuring this school because it offers two options tailored to fit a student’s time investment, both of which are open to anyone who meets BCC’s general admission requirements.

The 30-credit certificate program can be completed in nine months. It’s an abridged version of the AAS program, and you can apply the credits you earn for a certificate towards the AAS. The AAS takes two years to complete and is 64 credits.

Both programs include an internship in the Binghamton or surrounding metro area. Classes are offered during the days from BCC’s Binghamton campus, with some also being offered in the evenings. If you choose, approximately 90 percent of all classes can be completed online.

 

Bryant & Stratton College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus and online

Legal Office Assistant Diploma – Campus and online

Paralegal Certificates – Online

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This school offers some of the widest variety of paralegal credentials for students to choose from, all open to those who have a high school diploma or GED.

The 60-credit AAS program takes two years to complete and is made up of 39 credits of key paralegal courses. It culminates with a three-credit internship or capstone course. This program is offered at the Albany, Amherst, Henrietta, and Syracuse North campuses, as well as fully online.

The one-year 30-credit diploma program includes 24 credits of core courses. It is offered at the Amherst, Buffalo, Greece, Henrietta, Southtowns, Syracuse, and Syracuse North campuses, as well as fully online.

There are six types of paralegal certificates offered, all of which are only available online:

  • Basic Paralegal Certificate – 15 credits, six months to complete
  • Paralegal Business Litigation Certificate – 21 credits, nine months to complete
  • Paralegal Civil Litigation Certificate – 18 credits, nine months to complete
  • Paralegal Criminal Litigation Certificate – 15 credits, six months to complete
  • Paralegal Domestic Law Certificate – 15 credits, six months to complete
  • Build-Your-Own Paralegal Certificate – 18 credits, nine months to complete

Credits earned through the diploma or certificate programs can be applied to other programs including the AAS degree.

 

College of Technology at Canton (SUNY)

BS in Legal Studies – Campus and online

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This eight-semester program offers one of the best four-year degrees for paralegals in the region. Your professors have a wide range of experience in the legal field and are welcoming to all students, whether you’re coming directly from high school or you’re making a career change to focus on the legal field.

During your final semester of studies you’ll complete a one-semester internship in the Canton or wider state area. Courses are offered from CTC’s Canton campus as well as fully online.

 

Daemen College

BS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This school offers some of the only ABA-approved paralegal programs in Western New York, and its graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate.

The four-year 120-credit BS program is designed for students coming from high school or professionals who want to strengthen their resumes. The 18-month certificate program is designed for those making a career change or who are bolstering their academic credentials. To be eligible for admission you must already have a bachelor’s degree in any subject, or be an undergraduate student at DC.

Both programs offer the chance to take a three-credit paralegal internship course where you’ll gain hands-on experience at a location in the greater Amherst area.

 

Dutchess Community College (SUNY)

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The one-year 34-credit certificate program is an abridged version of the AAS in Paralegal Studies available through Dutchess CC. You can apply the credits you earn in this program to the AAS if you decide to continue your studies.

The two-year 64-credit AAS program is open to anyone who meets DCC’s basic admission requirements. The program even allows you to participate in a 3-credit internship in the Poughkeepsie region.

 

Erie Community College (SUNY)

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We like the fact that Erie CC has arranged for an articulation agreement with SUNY at Buffalo, allowing AAS graduates to transfer into its four-year legal studies program – an exceptional policy for any AAS program.

This 61-credit program can be completed in two years. As you near graduation you have the option to participate in an internship to gain first-hand experience of the law in action. This program is offered from ECC’s main campus in Buffalo.

 

Excelsior College

AS in Paralegal Studies – Online

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We like the Excelsior College for giving credit where credit is due. EC goes above and beyond to make sure your experience in the professional world, previous college courses, and even military experience is counted towards your academic credit at EC. To apply, all you need is a high school diploma or GED.

This 60-credit program can be completed in two years and is offered entirely online. This includes 24 core courses that culminate in a three-credit capstone project.

 

Finger Lakes Community College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We’re featuring the paralegal programs through Finger Lakes CC for having earned the ABA stamp of approval, while still remaining affordable.

The 64-credit AAS program can be completed in two years, while the 34-credit certificate program can be completed in 16 months. The certificate program is a shortened version of the AAS, and the credits you earn can be applied toward the AAS if you choose to pursue the degree.

Classes are offered from FLCC’s Canandaigua campus.

 

Genesee Community College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus and partially online

  • ABA-approved – Yes
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We like the AAS through Genesee CC because it provides the ultimate in flexibility, allowing you to study at your own pace and take as many as six years to complete the program if needed. And get this, it’s even ABA-approved.

You’ll take all the paralegal core courses from GCC’s Batavia campus, and you’ll have the option to take the general requirements for the AAS online. As you near graduation you can participate in an internship to get hands-on experience in the legal field.

You also have the option to transfer the AAS to similar four-year legal studies programs with a junior status at Daemon College, Hilbert College, and SUNY Buffalo.

To be admitted to this school you must have a high school GPA of at least 2.5 and/or score well on college entrance examinations and admissions tests.

 

Herkimer County Community College – Herkimer College (SUNY)

AAS in Legal Studies – Campus and online

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

HCCC caught our eye because it has arranged a matriculation agreement with four area colleges and universities that allows graduates of the AAS in Legal Studies program to transfer in to similar four-year legal studies programs as juniors.

This 62-credit program can be completed in two years. Classes are offered at HCCC’s campus in Herkimer, or can be taken completely online.

 

Hilbert College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

BS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

HC’s paralegal program is the oldest of its kind in Western New York. It offers the region’s only ABA-approved four-year bachelor’s program… its two-year AS program is also ABA-approved… and it boasts a low, 14:1 student-teacher ratio.

From its Hamburg campus, both programs offer four concentrations you can choose from: research/writing, litigation, child/family law, and business/corporate law.

Both programs include an internship in the legal field at places like law firms, courts, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

 

Hofstra University

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Hofstra U offers this unique ABA-approved certificate program as a non-credit program through its continuing education department. As part of the program you have the option to complete an internship in the Hempstead greater metropolitan area.

If you already hold a degree and national certification, you may also be able to complete this 34-week, 306-hour program to fulfill continuing education requirements.

To apply for admission to this program you must already have at least 60 college credits or an associate’s degree.

 

Hostos Community College (CUNY)

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We’re featuring Hostos CC for offering one of the most affordable paralegal AAS programs in the New York City area, and without compromising quality.

This 60-credit two-year program includes 36 credits of core paralegal courses. During the final year you’ll take a legal practicum two-part course worth a total of six credits.

Classes are offered out of HCC’s Bronx campus. You can apply to the AAS in Paralegal Studies at Hostos if you have a high school diploma or GED.

 

Ithica College

BA in Legal Studies – Campus

Legal Studies Minor – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The BA program at Ithica has one of the best paralegal internship programs around. In addition to doing your three-credit internship in the Ithica area, you can also arrange to do a paralegal internship in Washington DC or through the school’s London center.

The internship takes place during your last semesters at IC. The legal studies minor as part of a bachelor’s in a relevant major involves taking six additional legal studies courses.

Anyone admitted to Ithica can apply to enter the BA program once they are a sophomore.

 

Jefferson Community College (SUNY)

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We’re featuring the AAS in Paralegal Studies through Jefferson CC because it is a high-quality and highly affordable option. This 61-credit degree includes 24 credits of core paralegal requirements, all of which can be completed in two years. During the final semester you’ll complete a three-credit internship in the greater Watertown area.

Aside from core courses, some general courses may be offered online. JCC has articulation agreements with two universities, allowing you to transfer credits earned during your AAS to any one of the 4-year legal studies programs these schools offer.

 

LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We’re featuring the AAS through LaGuardia CC because it has earned the quality stamp that comes with ABA-approval, and is also one of the most affordable programs in the greater NYC area.

This Associate of Applied Science includes a strong foundation consisting of 39 credits of core courses, and also features a two-credit business internship component that gives you hands-on experience at a location in the greater New York City metropolitan area. Classes are offered from LCC’s Long Island City campus.

You can apply to this program if you have a high school diploma or GED, and you may also need to submit standardized testing scores from exams like the SAT, ACT, or New York Regents.

 

Le Moyne College

Legal Studies Minor – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Anyone pursuing a bachelor’s degree at LMC can add this 15-credit minor to their major, which draws from the subjects of legal studies, Constitutional law, the history of law, business law, and the philosophy of law. Classes are offered from LMC’s Syracuse campus.

 

Long Island University – Brooklyn

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We’re featuring the Post-Associate Certificate through LIU because it’s one of the few ABA-approved non-credit certificate programs in the state. That means you can fulfill continuing education requirements for optional national certifications through this program, as well as add to your existing paralegal credentials.

Over the course of 328 hours you can complete this 13-class program in three months by day or seven months by evening. You are eligible to apply to this program if you already have an associate’s degree or at least 60 credits of college coursework. Once you apply you’ll be invited to participate in an in-person interview.

 

Marist College

Paralegal Certificate – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This ABA-approved program provides two great options for working students with busy schedules: a two-year evening program and a one-year weekend program.

Anyone who meets MC’s general entrance requirements can apply to this 60-credit program. This includes 36 credits of general education and 24 credits of paralegal core courses. The program culminates with a three-credit legal internship course that gives you hands-on experience with a law firm or corporate employer in the Poughkeepsie area.

 

Mercy College

BS in Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We’re featuring this school because it offers one of the few ABA-approved four-year programs in the state.

You can complete this 120-credit program in four years. It includes 36 credits of core paralegal courses and 24 credits of open electives. As part of this program you can complete a field internship in the Dobbs Ferry area.

As Mercy College puts it, this program will ensure you “stand out for future employers.” Anyone can apply to this school so long as they have a high school diploma or GED. All factors of an applicant’s background are taken into consideration. Exams like the SAT and ACT are optional.

 

Mildred Elley School – Albany Campus

AAS in Advanced Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate – Campus

  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Mildred Elley provides two options for prospective paralegals who are willing to make a one or two year investment in their professional credentials.

The 48-week certificate program is offered from the Albany campus and is comprised of 39 credits. It is a shortened version of the two-year advanced paralegal program, and the classes you take as part of the certificate program can be applied to the AAS program later.

The two-year AAS program is 65 credits and offered from MES’s Albany and New York City campuses. As part of this program you’ll complete a three-credit internship that gives you valuable real-world experience.

 

Molloy College

Paralegal Studies Certificate/Minor – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Molloy College provides two great choices for aspiring paralegals: in as few as two semesters you can either earn a non-credit paralegal certificate or enroll in 21 credits worth of paralegal classes for an official minor that you can tack on to any MC bachelor’s degree.

Both routes involve taking the same classes. The first is designed for paralegals who want to add a certificate to their repertoire and/or fulfill continuing education requirements that are part of an optional national certification. The second is designed for those who want to bolster their academic credentials as they explore the paralegal field, and also results in earning the paralegal certificate along the way.

Anyone can apply to either program and classes are offered from MC’s Rockville Centre campus.

 

Monroe Community College (SUNY)

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This ABA-approved program based out of Monroe CC’s Rochester campus is one of the best-quality and most affordable options in northern New York for those with prior education who want to make a career change or refocus an existing legal career to become a paralegal.

Being admitted requires at least an associate’s degree, preferably a bachelor’s degree, in any subject. This 33-credit program can be completed in as few as 50 weeks and includes a three-credit internship.

 

Nassau Community College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Nassau CC offers two ABA-approved programs from its Garden City campus, offering both quality and affordability.

The AAS program is open to anyone who has a high school/equivalency diploma. This 64-credit program can be completed in two years. The nine-month 24-credit certificate program is for those who already have at least an associate’s degree and who want to earn a competitive credential for the paralegal field.

Both programs include the option for a three-credit practicum: supervised experience in a law firm or law-related institution.

 

Nazareth College

BA in Legal Studies – Campus

Minor in Legal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

NC’s legal studies major is one of the only interdisciplinary self-standing programs of its kind in the nation offered at a small liberal arts college.

Those majoring in legal studies can choose among five areas of specialization: nonprofit management and advocacy, business and administration, law, criminal justice, and public policy, politics and government. It takes four years in total to graduate from this 124-credit program.

The minor is 21 credits and can be added on to any four-year undergraduate degree program.

Students in the minor and major programs have the opportunity to complete a legal studies internship consisting of 120 hours of real-world legal-field experience in Rochester or the wider area. To apply for enrollment at this school you need a high school diploma or equivalent. NC does not require standardized test scores like the SAT or ACT.

 

New York City College of Technology (CUNY)

AAS in Legal Assistant Studies – Campus

BS in Legal Assistant Studies – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

New York City College of Technology has some of the most affordable paralegal programs in the NYC metro area, which are both ABA-accredited to boot.

The AAS program is 60 credits and can be completed in two years, while the BS program is 120 credits and can be completed in four years. Both programs include a four-credit internship that can take place at law offices, corporations, and judicial and administrative agencies. Classes are offered days, evenings, and weekends from the school’s Brooklyn campus.

To apply to the AAS program you need a high school diploma or a minimum score of 2700 on the High School Equivalency (GED), TASC, HSET exam. To apply to the BS program you need a high school diploma or a minimum score of 2750 on the High School Equivalency (GED), TASC, HSET exam.

 

Pace University

Paralegal Certificate Program – Online and hybrid

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This nationally-acclaimed program is designed by paralegals for paralegals with input from judges and lawyers.

As a continuing education program you can gain continuing legal education (CLE) credits to apply towards renewing an optional national paralegal certification, or you can complete this one-year program to add an extra credential to your list of qualifications. Anyone with a high school diploma or GED can apply.

While this program is available fully online, you can elect for a hybrid format, which would include both online courses and on-campus courses at PU’s campuses in midtown Manhattan and White Plains. You also have the option to complete a paralegal specialist course in one of 20 different areas, including everything from bankruptcy and business law to immigration and healthcare.

 

Plaza College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Located in Forest Hills in the Queens borough, the AAS in Paralegal Studies at Plaza will prepare you to be a leader in the local legal field.

The 60-credit AAS program can be completed in two years, while the 30-credit certificate program can be completed in one year. Anyone with a high school diploma or GED can apply to either program. You can apply the credits as part of the certificate program towards the AAS if you decide to continue your studies.

 

Queens College (CUNY)

Paralegal Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We’re featuring this high-quality ABA-approved program because it also happens to be one of the most affordable post-degree paralegal certificates in the NYC metro area.

This non-credit certificate may fulfill continuing education requirements for those with an optional national certification. You can also earn this certificate to bolster your professional qualifications.

Anyone who has at least 60 credits of college-level coursework can apply to this program, making it ideal for career changers or legal professionals who already have an academic background in another subject but who want to refocus on a paralegal career. The program is comprised of 12 paralegal courses. Completion time varies between as little as one semester (accelerated day program) to eight months (weekend program) and even more slowly on a one-class-per-semester basis.

Students may have the option to participate in one of QC’s limited paralegal internships at a public agency or private law firm. The internship schedule is either a total of 168 hours part-time, or 24 days for seven hours each. You’ll also have the option to prepare to take the New York State Notary Public Exam.

 

Rockland Community College (SUNY)

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

From RCC’s Suffern campus, prospective paralegals from this school have gone on to achieve their career goals and aspirations.

The 63-credit AAS program can be completed in two years. This school evaluates applications from all types of applicants – even making rare exceptions for those who have not yet earned a high school diploma or GED.

The 30-credit certificate program can be completed in one year. Anyone who already has an AA/AS degree can apply to this program, making it a perfect fit for those who have already completed their education and want to become well-versed in the paralegal field.

 

Saint John Fisher College

BA in Legal Studies – Campus

Minor in Legal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Boasting a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, SJFC offers one of the Rochester area’s few four-year programs in this field. This major is comprised of 12 courses – eight required and four electives – that total 36 credits.

This includes an internship to give you real-world experience in a setting such as a law firm, political consulting firm, DA or public defender’s offices, or with federal or state judges.

Students pursuing any four-year degree at SJFC can tack on 18 credits for a legal studies minor.

Students majoring in legal studies have the option to enroll in the Legal Education Accelerated Program (LEAP) that results in a law degree after six years total.

Classes are offered from SJFC’s Rochester campus. To apply for admission you must have a high school diploma or GED, score well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT, and submit a counselor/teacher recommendation.

 

Saint John’s University

AS in Legal Studies – Campus

BS in Legal Studies – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

SJU offers these ABA-approved programs in two convenient campus locations, and is the only university with a presence on Staten Island.

The two-year AS program is made up of 60 credits, including 21 credits of core paralegal courses and six credits from paralegal elective courses.

The BS program totals 126 credits and can be completed in four years, or through an accelerated three-year program. SJU also has several combination degree programs that can be completed in tandem with the BS Legal Studies program, including sociology, government and politics, and law.

Both AS and BS programs provide the opportunity for an internship experience. There are also opportunities to publish articles in the school’s Legal Apprentice journal as well as participate on a mock trial team.

The two and four-year programs are offered from SJU’s campuses in Queens and Staten Island. The accelerated three-year program is offered from the Staten Island campus.

In 2016 the average student admitted to SJU met the following qualifications: SAT score – 1156 out of 1600, ACT score – 25, GPA – 3.5.

 

Schenectady County Community College (SUNY)

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

With a great affordability-to-quality ratio, this ABA-approved program’s curriculum is specifically designed to prepare graduates for non-secretarial paralegal work. You are trained to be an active participant in the legal process; not someone who answers the phone and schedules meetings.

This two-year 62-credit program includes 21 credits of core paralegal courses. Classes are offered from SCCC’s Schenectady campus. Anyone with a high school diploma or GED can apply to this school.

 

Suffolk County Community College (SUNY)

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Suffolk County CC has it all: two great locations, a high affordability-to-quality ratio, and a convenient class schedule.

The 64-credit AAS program can be completed in two years and is open to anyone who meets SCCC’s basic entrance requirements: strong reading/writing skills and a combined 1000 score on the SAT or 21 score on the ACT.

The 33-credit certificate program can be completed in one year. To be admitted you must already have an AA or AS degree, and preferably a bachelor’s degree. This program is a good fit if you’re a career changer who completed your education in a different subject, and now want to enhance your qualifications in the paralegal field.

Both programs include the opportunity for a paralegal internship at various Suffolk County government departments, private law offices, and business legal departments. Classes for both programs are offered evenings and during the day from SCCC’s Ammerman campus in Selden and its Grant campus in Brentwood.

 

Sullivan County Community College (SUNY)

Legal Office Assistant Certificate – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The one-year 33-credit program though Sullivan County CC is perfect for anyone who wants to demonstrate concrete skills in a competitive job market. Classes are offered from SCCC’s Loch Sheldrake campus. Admission is open to anyone who meets SCCC’s basic entrance requirements.

 

Tompkins Cortland Community College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Online

Paralegal Certificate (post-bac) – Online

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We’re featuring Tompkins Cortland CC because it’s affordable online programs is also very convenient and offers tremendous flexibility.

The 63-credit two-year AAS program is for students who want to develop a marketable academic credential in the paralegal field. To apply to this program you must arrange to have your high school or GED transcripts sent to TCCC.

To be admitted to the one-year 32-credit certificate program you must already have a bachelor’s degree in any field. This makes this program a perfect choice for those changing careers.

Both programs are offered online only, and include a two-credit internship that gives you real-world marketable skills. If you already have work experience in a law office you may be able to earn academic credit for this.

 

Touro College – NY School of Career and Applied Studies

AS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The 63-credit two-year program through Touro College is an exceptional program in its own rite. It includes the option for an internship in an actual legal setting such as a law office, government clerk’s offices, public defenders units, prosecutors’ offices, and title companies.

To apply to this school you need to submit high school or GED transcripts. Scoring well on exams like the SAT or ACT can exempt you from certain prerequisites. Classes are offered from NYSCAS’s 23rd Street campus in Manhattan.

 

Wagner College

Paralegal Certificate – Campus and online

Advanced Paralegal Certificate – Online

Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate – Online

Employment Law Certificate – Online

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Wagner College offers a wide range of convenient online programs, as well as delivery options through the Staten Island campus. The 13 options for specialized training are designed for paralegals who want to work on everything from personal injury to legal nurse consulting.

The following are just four examples of the 13 total options available, all offered through WC’s partner institution, the Center for Legal Studies:

  • Paralegal Certificate – 14 weeks, no prerequisites
  • Advanced Paralegal Certificate – 14 weeks, requires a Paralegal Certificate
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate – 7 weeks, no prerequisites
  • Employment Law Certificate – 6 weeks, no prerequisites

These non-credit programs are arranged through WC’s Department of Lifelong Learning and are open to anyone who meets program prerequisites. Completing these courses will give you marketable credentials and can also fulfill continuing legal education (CLE) credit requirements to maintain national certification.

 

Westchester Community College of SUNY

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Westchester CC offers one of the best values in the Valhalla area. Both of its ABA-approved programs are top-notch.

The 60-credit AAS can be completed in two years and provides a strong academic qualification you can carry with you the rest of your life. To apply for admission you’ll need your high school transcripts or GED and must complete a placement test if you don’t happen to have a 2.0 GPA from college-level English and math courses.

The 30-credit certificate can be completed in as few as two semesters, and up to three years if you decide to study on a part-time basis. To enroll in this program you need to have completed at least 60 college credits.

Students enrolled in both programs have the option to participate in a three-credit paralegal internship. This involves eight hours of work per week in the legal industry under the supervision of a faculty member.

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