Welcome to the Paralegal Studies Curriculum at Westchester Community College. You have made an important career choice and we look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. At Westchester Community College you will be part of a large campus community with all the advantages that provides in facilities and resources while enjoying the personal, individual attention from faculty that our students always tell us distinguishes their experience here.
In Fall 2016, the Paralegal Studies entered its twenty-first year as a curriculum at Westchester Community College. In spring 2013, our American Bar Association approval was renewed for another seven years ensuring our students the quality that ABA demands. Our dedicated seminar room in the library along with the legal studies alcove which houses a substantial collection of law books fosters a sense of community and scholarly research among our students.
At Westchester Community College we believe strongly in the value of co-curricular activities as a way of deepening classroom assignments. The student-run Law Society schedules two educational (and fun) field trips—one to the highest court of New York, the Court of Appeals, in Albany and one to the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. A special evening is also planned to a Broadway or Off Broadway performance of a law-related play.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that legal occupations will grow faster than the average for all occupations in the economy through 2018. Employment opportunities exist in government agencies and court systems, law offices, banks, insurance and title companies, as well as in the contract or legal departments of various other government and business enterprises. Your own ambition and enthusiasm will lead you in exciting directions in law.
The program’s emphasis on computer skills in all aspects of legal work has made our graduates competitive in the job market. Every student has access to Westlaw, a premier database widely used in law offices. Our internship course provides hands-on paralegal training in a local law firm or legal agency and on occasion an employment option in addition to our fine placement service that is committed to helping you enter or re-enter the workforce. Last year, we added a new online version of our Introduction to Paralegal Studies course and additional online courses are forthcoming.
To navigate the curriculum, whether an associate’s degree or a certificate, the program has an up to date web site, www.sunywcc.edu/paralegal the gateway to a wealth of resources about the program. One-on-one counseling is offered from the first phone call to graduation. Please plan to come in and talk to me about your schedules, your interests, concerns, or requirements for graduation. Call me at 914.606.6972 or write me at Kristyan.Gilmore@sunywcc.edu.
Kristyan “Rose” Gilmore, M.A., J.D.
Curriculum Chair, Paralegal Studies