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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs

New York

Bronx Community College, Bronx
Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua
Genesee Community College, Batavia
Hilbert College, Hamburg
Hofstra University, Hempstead
LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, Long Island City
LIU Brooklyn, Brooklyn
LIU Post, Brookville
Marist College, Poughkeepsie
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry
Monroe Community College, Rochester
Nassau Community College, Garden City
New York City College of Technology/CUNY, Brooklyn
Queens College/CUNY, Flushing
Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady
St. John's University, Jamaica
Suffolk County Community College, Selden
SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern
Technical Career Institutes, New York
Westchester Community College, Valhalla

Alphabetical List of Approved Programs
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Bronx Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
2155 University Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
Director: Raymond Canals
Telephone: 718.289.5635
Fax: 718.289.6425

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree
For more information: www.bcc.cuny.edu/business/curricul/curparal.htm

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Finger Lakes Community College
Paralegal Program
3325 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Director: Ann H. Still
Telephone: 585.785.1485
Fax: 585.394.5005

Type of Institution: Public, 2yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science; Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 68 semester hrs
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.flcc.edu/academics/paralegal/index.cfm
Description: The Associate in Applied Science Paralegal Degree program at Finger Lakes Community College is designed to prepare the student for entry into the job market immediately upon graduation. Our faculty is comprised of local attorneys and paralegals who bring to the classroom a wealth of experience and talent. Further, our class sizes are small, which allow students individualized attention while fulfilling their educational goals. Students are encouraged to join Legal Society, a student club in which they network with other students and members of the legal community as well as participate in various activities planned throughout the year.

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Genesee Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
One College Road
Batavia, NY 14020-9704
Director: Gregory L. Dalton
Telephone: 585.345.6823
Fax: 585.345.0433

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 yrs (less if student transfers with acceptable college credit; minimum 30 credits must be taken at Genesee)
Internships: Elective
Description: Our Paralegal Program offers students the opportunity to take classes in a small and personalized setting. The paralegal faculty members are all attorneys who have teaching experience. The classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art computers. The College library is fully equipped with a law section and access to an online legal database. The College offers online courses. The paralegal specialty courses are offered so that day and evening courses rotate. Full student support services are available, including on-campus child care. We pride ourselves on the quality of our faculty, the full and flexible nature of our student support services and the success of our graduates.
For more information: www.genesee.edu

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Hilbert College
Legal Studies Program
5200 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY 14075
Director: Wendy B. Edson
Telephone: 716.649.7900 (EXT 401)
Fax: 716.649.0702

Type of Institution: Private, 2 yr; 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 30 semester hrs for BA or BS transfer students; 60 semester hrs for AAS; 120 semester hrs for BS
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.hilbert.edu
Description: Hilbert College's paralegal program has been continuously ABA approved since 1978. The program has BS and AAS degrees with flexible scheduling for day, evening and hybrid-format courses. Paralegal courses are taught by experienced attorneys who are experts in their fields. Internships are available and tailored to the studentís goals. Graduates go on to rewarding careers in law firms, corporate legal departments, government, non-profits, banking, insurance, and the public sector.

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Hofstra University
Paralegal Studies Certificate Program
College of Continuing Education
250 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
Director: Hon. Edward G. McCabe
Telephone: 516.463.7800
Fax: 516.463.4883

Type of Institution: Private, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Post-associate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 6 - 9 months
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.hofstra.edu/Academics/CE/ProfessionalDevelopment/LegalStudies/ce_certparalegal.html
Description: The Hofstra University Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is a 306 – clock – hour curriculum providing training in practical aspects of the law. It is a noncredit certificate program designed to prepare for a smooth transition from the classroom to a law office environment. Courses are designed to provide students with paralegal skills that are most in demand by employers. A day and evening schedule is available. The Day Program is a full time program completing in 6 months. The Evening Program is a part-time program completing in 9 months. Courses of study are: Introduction to Law, Legal Research and Writing, Civil Litigation, Business Organizations, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Contracts, Estates, Trusts and Wills, Family Law and Criminal Law. All courses are taught by practitioners or Judges. Applicants are required to complete an application, submit a 100-200 word professional intent and rationale, and provide an official college transcript reflecting a minimum of 60 earned college credits. All applications are reviewed by an Admissions committee.

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LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Paralegal Studies Program
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Director: Hector Manuel Fernandez
Telephone: 718.482.5609

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree

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LIU Brooklyn
Paralegal Studies Program
9 Hanover Place - 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Director: Richard J. Olivieri
Telephone: 718.488.1066
Fax: 718.488.1367

Degrees Offered: Certificate Program
For more information: http://www.liu.edu/Brooklyn/Academics/Schools/SCS/PS

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LIU Post
Paralegal Studies Program
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548
Director: Judith Mathers Maloney
Telephone: 516.299.2236
Fax: 516.299.2066

Type of Institution: Private
Degrees offered: Post-baccalaureate Certificate, full time or part time
Internship: Elective
For more information: www.liu.edu/cwpceps

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Marist College
Paralegal Program
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1381
Director: Annamaria Maciocia
Telephone: 914.575.3000, X2515

Degrees Offered: Baccalaureate Degree, Certificate Program

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Mercy College
Legal Studies Program
Department of Law & Criminal Justice
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Director: Donna F. Bookin, J.D.
Telephone: 914.674.7441
Fax: 914.674.7413

Type of Institution: Private, 2 yr, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 4 year Bachelor Degree program
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.mercy.edu (click on Dobbs Ferry campus)
Description: The Mercy College Legal Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies with a Specialization in Paralegal Studies approved by the American Bar Association. The Program provides the legal and business communities with theoretically and practically trained, highly qualified paralegals. The comprehensive curriculum is taught by practicing attorneys. Graduates of the program are provided with placement assistance through the Mercy College Career Development Office.

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Monroe Community College
Paralegal Program
228 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Director: Elizabeth Clifford
Telephone: 585.262.1769
Fax: 585.262.1786

Degrees Offered: Certificate

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Nassau Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY 11530-6793
Interim Director: Adrienne Motel
Telephone: 516.572.7774
Fax: 516.572.9747

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies
Minimum length of time to complete program: AAS Degree - 2-year; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - 21 credit hours
Internships: Degree - Mandatory; Certificate - Elective
For more information: www.ncc.edu/Academics/AcademicDepartments/LegalStudies/Default.htm
Description: Nassau Community College offers two types of ABA approved programs - an AAS Degree and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. The objectives of the program include training the graduate to: Assist in legal research and preparation of memoranda of law, assist in litigation, assist in the preparation of diverse legal documents, and handle client interviews and case scheduling. The student may attend day, evening, or weekend classes, and career guidance and resume and interview workshops are offered. The program features a very active student Paralegal Club which runs special trips, lectures, and a Moot Court competition. Classes are small and are taught by practicing attorneys.

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New York City College of Technology/CUNY
Paralegal Studies Programs
300 Jay Street, Room N-622
Brooklyn, NY 11201-2983
Director: Concetta Mennella
Telephone: 718.260.5124
Fax: 718.260.5387

Type of Institution: Public, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science, Associate of Applied Science
Internships: Mandatory and Elective
Description: Both programs provide an understanding of law, practical skills and technical proficiency needed to compete in today's legal environment, combining a solid background in liberal arts with a range of legal specialty courses. Graduates are employed in law firms, corporate law departments, government agencies and organizations assisting the community. Many graduates are attending or have completed law school. We offer opportunities for pro- bono service in elder law, immigration and divorce. The student club has various activities, including trips, to law related venues here and abroad. As a publicly funded instituion, the costs are low and a wide range of financial assistance is available.
For more information: www.citytech.cuny.edu/academics/deptsites/legalstudies/index.shtml

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Queens College/CUNY
Office of Continuing Education
Paralegal Studies Program
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367
Director: Sharon Shulman
Telephone: 718.997.5709
Fax: 718.997.5723

Type of Institution: Public, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time of complete program: 4.5 mos (days); 8 mos (weekends); 1.5 yrs (evenings)
For more information: www.qc.cuny.edu/CEP

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SUNY Rockland Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
Director: Deborah Vinecour
Telephone: 845.368.0237
Fax: 845.574.4762

Degrees Offered: Associate, Certificate
For more information: www.sunyrockland.edu

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Schenectady County Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
Department of Business and Law
78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12305
Director: David J. Hennessy, Ph.D.
Telephone: 518.345.6211

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: two academic years
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.sunysccc.edu/academic/bus-law/progpal.htm
Description: This two-year curriculum is designed to educate and train students to be legal assistants. The curriculum is composed of core introductory courses in the law as well as courses in the liberal arts, sciences and business. The curriculum is designed to prepare the graduate to do non-secretarial paralegal work in a law office or in the legal department of a business, banking institution or corporation. It also prepares graduates to perform tasks in other law-related institutions and activities in the community, including the judicial system.

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St. John's University
Paralegal Studies Program
St. Vincent's College
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
Director: Bernard G. Helldorfer
Telephone: 718.990.7417
Fax: 718.990.1882 / 718.893.1313

Degrees Offered: Baccalaureate Degree, Associate Degree, Certificate Program

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Suffolk County Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
533 College Road, R-340
Selden, NY 11784
Director: Ronald Feinberg
Telephone: 631.451.4663
Fax: 631.451.4887

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree
For more information: www.department.sunysuffolk.edu/paralegalstudies_A/index.asp

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Technical Career Institutes
Paralegal Studies Program
320 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
Director: Michael Agnello
Telephone: 212. 594 4000 (Ext. 5789)
Fax: 212. 330.0894

Type of Institution: Private; 2 year
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 61 credits
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.tcicollege.edu/page/paralegal-studies
Description: Our Paralegal Program offers students the opportunity to take classes in a small and personalized setting. The paralegal faculty members are all attorneys who have teaching experience.  The student may attend day or evening classes.  The College library is fully equipped with a law section and access to an online legal database.  The program features a very active student Paralegal Club that runs special trips, lectures, and a Moot Court competition.  We pride ourselves on the quality of our faculty, our student support services and the success of our graduates.

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Westchester Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10591
Director: Russell J. Ippolito
Telephone: 914.606.6218

For more information: www.sunywcc.edu/paralegal

Updated: 08/11//2014

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