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 of the Paralegal Degree 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, the Paralegal Degree is 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 Degree 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.