Paralegal

Paralegals are a valuable asset to lawyers, assisting them in the practice of law. While paralegals cannot give legal advice, set fees, or argue in court, they act as legal assistants to lawyers within a law office, corporation, government agency, or other entity.

Through education and training, paralegals gain the skills necessary to perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

The primary objective within our Manor College Legal Studies programs is to provide students with an education that will enable them to effectively assist lawyers in all phases of private and public law practice. To achieve this objective, our programs are designed to:

  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills in each student;
  • Enable each student to become an effective communicator through training in research, writing, listening, and speaking skills;
  • Prepare each student to become a competent legal professional by providing theory, practical knowledge, and training; and
  • Provide a foundation in ethics and professional responsibility that will enable each student to recognize values and perform legal services in an ethical manner.

In addition to a strong foundation in legal study, the program offers students a wide variety of electives that allow pursuit of a broad-based paralegal education or focused training in any number of fields, including legal administration, corporate law, litigation, public service, or criminal justice.

Externship opportunities and placement counseling are available to all legal studies students. The Legal Studies programs at Manor College are approved by the American Bar Association.

Graduates of the Associate in Science Paralegal Program can:

  • Work in a variety of employment venues including law firms, corporations, financial institutions, public service agencies and government offices.
  • Transfer to complete a Bachelor’s Degree, taking advantage of the many dual admission and articulation agreements Manor has with area 4-year colleges and universities.

Course Sequence for Paralegal Program
Course Sequence for Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate This track is for those who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to further their studies to become a paralegal.

Legal Studies Program Goals


Pictured are the presenters from the 2014 Social Justice Symposium — (top, l. to r.) Diane Pevar, JD; Marti Little, Esq.; Tom Sims and Curry Bailey — which was sponsored by the Legal Studies Programs at Manor and the Legal Studies Student Association. Also pictured (bottom) are some of the students who attended the event. To read about the Social Justice Symposium, click here.

To see the photo album for the Symposium on Manor’s Flickr account, click here.

The Legal Studies Student Association (LSSA) sponsored a college-wide collection of women’s business clothing and accessories and donated more than $3000 worth of items to The Career Wardrobe. Read more here.

PICTURED: (top photo, l. to r.) Legal Studies Program Director and Business, Technology & Legal Studies Division Chair Diane Pevar; LSSA Club Advisor and Legal Studies Education Coordinator Mary Sims; LSSA members Bridgett Bennett, Tabitha Welch and Lori Fife; HR Generalist Brittney Richardson; and LSSA members Ramona Ponce and Nacole Shaw.

(bottom photo) Posing next to the clothing and accessory stuffed SUV that will deliver the donations are (l. to r.) LSSA members Fife, Ponce, Shaw and Bennett.

The Business, Technology & Legal Studies Division held its first Hall of Fame Reception, recognizing area businesses and individuals for their contributions to their programs and students. The event also provided the opportunity for students from the programs to network with area professionals. To read more about the Hall of Fame Reception, click here.

Pictured clockwise, starting top left: Business, Technology & Legal Studies Division Hall of Fame inductees Anatoli Murha, Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union; Lisa McDermott, Everett Kelley Associates; students who attended the Hall of Fame Reception; and attendees at the event. To see more photos from the event, click here.