The terms "paralegal" and "legal assistant"are used interchangeably. Both terms refer to people specially trained to assist attorneys with all forms of substantive legal work. According to the American Bar Association definition: "A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." Paralegals are not permitted to practice law.

The Law and Paralegal Studies Department has its own computer lab which includes computerized legal research software and we also have an excellent in-house law library. Successful graduates will find themselves well equipped with the legal knowledge, writing, research and computer know-how required to work and excel in today's law-related fields. Internships in both the B.S. and A.A.S. programs enable you to combine classroom study with practical on-the-job training. City Tech is located in the heart of Brooklyn's legal community, within walking distance of state and federal courts and major law firms.

Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Program Goals: Graduates with an associate in applied science degree in Paralegal Studies should be able to:

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of paralegals in the legal system
  • Define and use common legal terminology
  • Explain the basic principles of the American common law system including the structures and jurisdiction of the federal and New York court systems
  • Explain the ethical responsibilities of attorneys and paralegals
  • Draft basic legal documents
  • Conduct basic legal research in a law library and online
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally
  • Use a computer as required in law offices
  • Perform the duties of a paralegal in five substantive areas of law

Baccalaureate Degree (BS)

Program Goals: Graduates with a baccalaureate degree in paralegal studies should be able to:

  • Perform the duties of a paralegal in at least ten substantive areas of law
  • Think critically to analyze situations, evaluate information, solve problems and make decisions
  • Organize complex data
  • Conduct advanced legal research in a law library and online
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in writing and orally using appropriate disciplinary conventions
  • Identify, evaluate and effectively respond to ethical issues that commonly occur in the law
  • Be lifelong learners with the ability to adapt and prosper through constant change and professional evolution
  • Respect cultural diversity and possess the social skills necessary to thrive in a multicultural environment

Transfer Policy

The Law and Paralegal Studies Department will accept a maximum of 25 credits in legal specialty courses from colleges offering paralegal courses. Alternative delivery courses will be reviewed individually on a case-by-case basis.

Students with questions are advised to consult the Office of Admissions.

Transcripts of entering transfer students will be evaluated by the Department Chair to determine which courses are applicable to the bachelor of science degree.

Please consult the department for further information.

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