New York Paralegal Schools

Aspiring paralegals who choose one of the New York paralegal schools can gain the skills and education necessary to earn a paralegal degree and enter one of the fastest growing professions with one of the highest rates of pay for those graduating with an associate’s degree or certificate degree. Paralegals don’t practice law, but instead conduct research of relevant cases, interview witness for trials, assist with deposition preparation and prepare a variety of documents.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

St. John’s University: The Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at St. John’s University has three American Bar Association Legal Studies programs: a Bachelor of Science, and Associate of Science, and a Certificate. The BS is a four-year, 126 hour program while the AS and Certificate are 60 hours and 21 hours respectively. The Legal Society and Lambda Epsilon Chi are two student organizations through which Legal Studies majors can develop their social and professional networks. Four members of the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies faculty teach the different legal studies programs.

How to Become a Paralegal in New York

There are currently no licensing requirements to work as a paralegal in New York. Employers typically look for a combination of education and experience when hiring for a paralegal position. Paralegal school curricula are focused on the skills necessary to become a successful paralegal in New York. This includes an introduction to the practice of law, legal research and writing and litigation and trial preparation in the first few courses. New York paralegal aspirants generally focus on a number of key legal fields, including trusts and estates, business organization, real estate and contracts. Additional electives may include internships or co-ops for on the job training, or mock trial and trial preparation.

Paralegal Schools in New York

There are more than 20 New York paralegal schools certified by the American Bar Association as having standardized curricula for paralegal and legal assistant aspirants. Among the two-year options are Bronx Community College, Monroe Community College in Rochester, Finger Lakes College in Canandaigua and Queens College in the Flushing section of New York City. Four-year bachelor’s degree options are available at Syracuse University, Marist College in Poughkeepsie among others. For those seeking greater flexibility and convenience, aspiring paralegals may also want to consider online paralegal degree programs such as the Associate of Applied Science – Paralegal at Rasmussen College or the Bachelor’s in Paralegal at Everest University Online.

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Paralegal Quote: “Never stop learning. I worked as a commercial real estate paralegal at Blank Rome LLP for over eight years. On January 9, 2012, I will start as a commercial real estate paralegal at Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Sounds the same, doesn’t it? However, the group I am joining assists with energy projects and this is something that I never did before. People who don’t know the subject matter will say that ‘real estate’ is always ‘real estate’. But it is not true. There is a huge difference between residential and commercial real estate, between representation of a lender and a borrower, a buyer and a seller, selling of a multifamily project and shopping mall, or buying an office building and a hotel chain.” -Mariana Fradman, President of the New York City Paralegal Association Inc.

Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in New York

The Lanier Law Firm is one of the best law firms not just in New York, but in the US, with the National Law Journal calling the firm’s founder Mark Lanier “one of the decade’s most influential lawyers.” The Lanier Law Firm specializes in complex litigation and provides legal and trial counsel services. Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is a top ranked mid-size firm, and provides services in most areas of the law. Hurwitz & Fine takes pride in its staff, and invites qualified applicants to contact the firm for opportunities. Harris Beach PLLC provides full-service representation and legal advice, and also has deep experience in narrow areas of the law, such as nanotechnology and energy. Harris Beach seeks well rounded professionals to work in a supportive environment with abundant training and mentoring for career growth.

New York Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

New York state has one of the highest levels of employment for paralegals, as well as one of the highest average salaries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average annual salaries are roughly $60,000, with starting salaries in and around New York City closer to $40,000. Opportunities for lateral advancement are possible for those moving from law firms to corporate legal and finance departments, as well as New York state and local agencies.

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    Paralegal Schools in New York

    Berkeley College (New York, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal

    Bryant & Stratton College (Albany, NY; Amherst, NY; Buffalo, NY; Liverpool, NY; Orchard Park, NY;
    Rochester, NY; Syracuse, NY)

    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Paralegal
    Associate of Science | Paralegal

    CUNY-Bronx Community College (Bronx, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    CUNY-LaGuardia Community College (Long Island City, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies

    CUNY-New York City College of Technology (Brooklyn, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Law and Paralegal Studies
    Bachelor Degree | Law and Paralegal Studies

    Everest Institute (Rochester, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

    Finger Lakes Community College (Canandaigua, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies

    Genesee Community College (Batavia, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

    Herkimer County Community College (Herkimer, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal (online program)
    Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies
    Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies (online program)

    Hilbert College (Hamburg, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
    Bachelor of Science | Paralegal Studies

    Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Certificate | Paralegal

    Monroe Community College (Rochester, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    Nassau Community College (Garden City, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies

    New York Career Institute (New York, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Occupational Studies | Stenotype Court Reporter
    Associate of Science | Paralegal/Legal Assistant
    Associate of Science | Stenotype Court Reporting
    Certificate | Paralegal/Legal Assistant

    Olean Business Institute (Olean, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Paralegal

    SUNY-Broome Community College (Binghamton, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal

    SUNY-Dutchess Community College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
    Certificate | Paralegal

    SUNY-Erie Community College (Buffalo, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies

    SUNY-Jefferson Community College (Watertown, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

    SUNY-Rockland Community College (Suffern, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    SUNY-Schenectady County Community College (Schenectady, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Paralegal

    SUNY-Suffolk County Community College (Selden, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    SUNY-Westchester Community College (Valhalla, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
    Certificate | Paralegal Studies

    Tompkins Cortland Community College (Dryden, NY)
    Paralegal Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

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