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Law and Paralegal Studies

  • Legal Assistant Studies - AAS
  • Legal Assistant Studies - BS
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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.

INTERNSHIPS

In the Law and Paralegal Studies department, the classroom extends beyond the campus into law firms, corporations and governmental agencies in the metropolitan New York area. Our students gain practical work experience with these businesses and agencies in the form of internships which complement the academic training. The student internswork under the guidance of a Law and Paralegal Studies Department professor and an on-site supervisor.

Associate Degree candidates, in their last semester (or, Baccalaureate students who have completed 45 credits), are expected to complete the internship hours required. Baccalaureate Degree candidates, in their final semester, may complete an additional internship consisting of 125 field work hours. Additionally both degree programs require the student to attend weekly internship seminars (see attendance policy).

PRO BONO ACTIVITIES IN THE DEPARTMENT

The departmental philosophy is to encourage giving back to the community. The faculty, staff and students join with outside volunteers to provide pro bono services to the community. This is strictly voluntary, providing much needed service to the community while providing real world experience. If you need more information or are interested in participating, see the faculty member who coordinates the particular clinic. Participation in these types of activities, whether in our clinic or elsewhere, is a good way to bolster a resume and to get recommendations.

Elder Law Clinic

This clinic provides assistance to low income senior citizens in public entitlements, the preparation and execution of wills, powers of attorney and health care proxies. It is staffed entirely by volunteer advocates, legal assistants, students and attorneys. To be eligible for the clinic one must be sixty (60) years of age, low income and a resident of New York State. The clinic is FREE to eligible seniors. However, consultation is only by appointment. For client appointments call 718.260.5597.

Immigration Clinic

This clinic helps students and non-students in applying for United States Citizenship and related matters. The clinic is staffed entirely by volunteer advocates, legal assistant studies students and attorneys. For client appointments call 718.260.5597.

Divorce Clinic

In cooperation with a volunteer program in a local bar association, students will have an opportunity for pro bono volunteer work in the department's divorce clinic. In this clinic you will work one on one with an attorney in helping a low income person to get an uncontested judgment of divorce. This requires a commitment of the time required to see these cases through to judgment. This clinic will only accept referrals from the bar association's volunteer project and has a limited number of opportunities.

For further information, call the City Tech Department of Law and Paralegal Studies at 718.260.5124.

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