Apr 07, 2020
Division: Business, Behavioral/Social Sciences, Public & Human Services
Academic Dept: Behavioral/Social Science
Chair: Prof. Kristyan Rose Gilmore
A Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2016. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
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. 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.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that legal occupations will grow faster than the average for all occupations in the economy through 2018. 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.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will develop the necessary skills to work in an ethical manner in a law office under the supervision of an attorney.
- Students will understand the court system on the state and federal level.
- Students will learn legal terminology, substantive law, and procedural processes which will enable them to succeed in a legal career.
General Education Requirements - 25 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (6 credits)
Natural Sciences (4 credits)
Social Sciences (3 credits)
American History (3 credits)
Select ONE of the following courses:
Degree Requirements - 35 Credits
Select ONE of the folowing courses:
Minimum Total Credits - 60
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .