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Paralegal Schools in New York | NY Paralegal Programs 2021

Paralegal Schools in New York

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Most working paralegals in the state of New York are college graduates that come from various backgrounds and disciplines. If you don't have a legal background the best route to enter this career is through either a:

Paralegal certificate ( 6-18 months in length) or;

Associate degree in Paralegal Studies ( 2 year degree)

There are many two-year community colleges, four-year colleges and universities in New York that offer these ABA Approved /NEA approved paralegal programs. For students that do not live near a training school, they can complete the program online.

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If you are a college graduate from another discipline but have no legal experience then the quickest route to become a paralegal in NY is by completing a paralegal certificate program.

Paralegal Schools in New York

Below you will find a list of 34 American Bar Association approved schools, colleges and universities that offer paralegal training programs in the state of New York2. These paralegal studies program combine academic rigor with legal, technical and leadership skills to develop well-rounded paralegal professionals. Note, some are on campus and other hybrid or online. Also some of the schools below may offer financial assistance towards the cost of the course. To find out more contact any of the schools below to learn more about their admission requirements into their Paralegal program, duration of course and financial aid. 

New York City College of Technology
Location: New York City College of Technology
300 Jay St Rm N-622 Brooklyn, NY 11201-1909
Award: AAS, BS
Tel: (718) 260-5124
Website: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/

Queens College
Location:
 65-30 Kissena Blvd Flushing, NY 11367-1597
Award: Certificate
Te: (718) 997-5709
Website: https://www.qc.cuny.edu/

Genesee Community College
Location:
 1 College Rd Batavia, NY 14020-9704
Award: AAS
Tel: (585) 343-6338
Website: https://genesee.edu/

Hilbert College
Location
: 5200 S Park Ave Hamburg, NY 14075-1597
Award: AAS, BS
Tel: (716) 649-7900
Website: https://www.hilbert.edu/

LIU Brooklyn
Location:
 1 University Plaza- Pratt Building 418 Brooklyn, NY 11201
Award: Certificate
Tel: (718) 488-1066
Website: https://liu.edu/

Marist College
Location
: 3399 North Rd Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1387
Award: Certificate
Tel: (845) 575-3000
Website: https://www.marist.edu/

Mercy College
Location:
 555 Broadway Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522-1186
Award: BS
Tel: (914) 674-7441
Website: https://www.mercy.edu/

Nassau Community College
Location:
 One Education Drive Garden City, NY 11530-6793
Award: AAS, Certificate
Tel: (516) 572-7774
Website: https://www.ncc.edu/

Westchester Community College (SUNY)
Location:
 75 Grasslands Rd Valhalla, NY 10595-1693
Award: AAS, Certificate
Tel: (914) 606-6218
Website: https://www.sunywcc.edu/

Finger Lakes Community College
Location:
 3325 Marvin Sands Dr Canandaigua, NY 14424-8395
Award: AAS, Certificate
Tel: (585) 785-1485
Website: https://flcc.edu/

Daemen College
Location:
4380 Main St Amherst, NY 14226-3544
Award: BS, Certificate
Tel: (716) 839-8283
Website: https://www.daemen.edu/

Schenectady County Community College
Location:
78 Washington Ave Schenectady, NY 12305-2294
Award: AAS
Tel: (518) 381-1265
Website: https://sunysccc.edu/

Bronx Community College
Location
: 2155 University Avenue Bronx, NY 10453
Award: AAS, Certificate
Tel: (718) 289-5635
Website: http://www.bcc.cuny.edu/


Suffolk County Community College
Location:
533 College Road- Riverhead Building Selden, NY 11784-2899
Award: AAS, Certificate
Tel: (631) 451-4663
Website: https://sunysuffolk.edu/


Laguardia Community College, CUNY
Location:
31-10 Thomson Avenue – B 225 Long Island City, NY 11101-3007
Award: AAS, Certificate
Tel: (718) 482-5609
Website: http://lagcc.cuny.edu/


Hofstra University
Location:
121 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 11549-1210
Award: Certificate
Tel: (516) 463-6333
Website: https://www.hofstra.edu/


SUNY Rockland Community College
Location:
145 College Road Suffern, NY 10901-3699
Award: AAS, Certificate
Tel: (845) 574-4118
Website: https://sunyrockland.edu/

St John's University
Location:
8000 Utopia Pkwy Jamaica, NY 11439
Award: AS, BS, Certificate, Minor
Tel: (718) 969-6032
Website: https://www.stjohns.edu/


Monroe Community College
Location:
321 State Street Downtown Campus Rochester, NY 14608
Award: Certificate
Tel: (585) 262-1769
Website: https://www.monroecc.edu/


Molloy College
Location:
1000 Hempstead Avenue, PO Box 5002, Siena 101 Rockville Ctr, NY 11571-5002
Award: Certificate, Minor
Tel: (516) 323-3812
Website: https://www.molloy.edu/

Paralegal Educational Programs

Research shows that the min. education requirements employers prefer their paralegals to have is either:

- Bachelor's degree with work experience OR/

- Completion of a paralegal training programs such as ( Certificate or Assoc. Degree in Paralegal Studies)

The biggest hurdle for new paralegal graduates is the lack of work experience. To overcome this it is recommended that you volunteer with any local pro-bono, legal aid, or advocacy office to get your foot in the door so to speak.

Is Certification Required?

Paralegal certification can only be obtained once you have completed a paralegal training program and/or have paralegal work experience. Having certification will definitely help improve your chances of employability, help with promotion and an overall increase in your income. Certification involves you passing a nationally recognized certification exam such as NALA's CLA/CP or PACE's RP exams.

Paralegal Salaries in New York

In New York1:
Paralegals or legal assistants on average earn $54,280.
10% of paralegals earn $34,270 or less. 
10% of paralegals earn $86,240 or more.

The higher salary is paid to paralegals with years of experience, specialization and/or formal training completed.

Main Duties

Composes business correspondence, edits/revises legal documentation ;

Conducts online research and searches public records;

Supports attorneys with legal matters and management of the in-house Legal Department under direct supervision.;

General administrative responsibilities;

See Paralegal Job Description for a more detailed look at what a paralegal does.

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References: 

1. O*NET OnLine, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00

2. American Bar Association: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/paralegals/paralegal-resource-directory/

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