Division: Business, Behavioral/Social Sciences, Public & Human Services
Academic Dept: Behavioral/Social Science
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Russell Ippolito
Related Pages: Westchester Community College Paralegal Website
The Westchester Community College Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association. The goal of the Paralegal Program is to provide students with substantive knowledge of the law, together with hands-on working experience, which will enable them to work ethically under the supervision of an attorney in the public or private sector.
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. 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. Paralegals work in all phases of practice except providing legal advice to clients, appearing in court, and setting fees. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment opportunities for paralegals/legal assistants are “expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2012.”