The Paralegal Program provides graduates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform competently as paralegals in law-related occupations under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals work in all phases of practice except providing legal advice to clients, appearing in court, and setting fees. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
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Message from the Curriculum Chair
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 educational and professional goals. At Westchester Community College, you will be part of a large campus community with all the advantages in facilities and resources that provides, while enjoying the personal, individual attention from our faculty.
Fall 2021 will mark the thirtieth year in which Westchester Community College has presented Paralegal Studies as a curriculum offering. During that time, our program resources have grown. Currently, our campus library houses a collection of law books in the legal studies alcove, and our paralegal students receive personal accounts to Westlaw, an extensive state-of-the-art electronic law library used by legal professions, facilitating student learning and scholarly research. We offer day, evening and weekend classes, and online versions of some courses with additional online courses forthcoming.
Our program is approved by the American Bar Association, ensuring a high-quality educational experience to give students the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform competently in law-related occupations under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals work in all phases of practice except providing legal advice to clients, appearing in court, and setting fees. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
According to recent U.S. Department of Labor projections, “employment of paralegals and legal assistants is will grow 10 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.”
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.
Our internship course provides hands-on paralegal training in a local law firm or legal agency and, on occasion, an employment option. Students and alumni can use our fine placement service which is committed to helping you enter or re-enter the workforce.
Students requesting transfer credit must meet satisfy Westchester Community College transfer credit requirement generally. Legal studies courses must satisfy American Bar Association Guidelines to satisfy Paralegal Studies degree or certification requirements. Students matriculating on September 1, 2021, and after must complete at least nine course credits in synchronous formats.
To navigate the curriculum, whether an associate 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.
Chair: Cynthia Haycock, Esq.
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