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.
Program Goals: Graduates with an associate in applied science degree in Paralegal Studies should be able to:
Program Goals: Graduates with a baccalaureate degree in paralegal studies should be able to:
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.