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300 Jay Street
Namm Hall 622 (N-622)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5124

cmennella@citytech.cuny.edu

Legal Assistant Studies/AAS

The terms “paralegal” and “legal assistant” are used interchangeably. Both refer to people who assist attorneys with all forms of substantive legal work. Paralegals perform a wide variety of specialized tasks in a broad range of legal matters, all under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals are not permitted to practice law. They may perform substantive legal work only under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

The curriculum at City Tech is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge of substantive and procedural law required to function in the legal environment.

The Department of Law and Paralegal Studies offers two degrees: an associate in applied science (AAS) and a bachelor of science (BS). Students may be admitted into either program. Both programs are accredited by the American Bar Association.

Both curricula offer a solid liberal arts background with a full range of legal specialty courses that give the students the technical proficiency and practical skills necessary to competently perform legal tasks. The College has an excellent in-house law library. Paralegal students also have a newly remodeled cutting-edge computer lab with legal-applicable and legal-specific software including systems for computer-assisted legal research. These resources assure that the City Tech paralegal graduate will be equipped with the legal writing, research and computer skills required to work in law-related areas.

Paralegal courses are offered days, evenings and weekends, and a select number of courses are available in the summer program. AAS students participate in one internship course and baccalaureate students may participate in an additional internship course. This gives the student the opportunity to combine classroom study with practical on-the-job experience. Transfer students should meet with the department chair prior to acceptance into the program.

Representative samples of sites where associate degree graduates are working include the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, New York City Law Department, U.S. Department of Labor, New York City Board of Education, Legal Aid, JPMorgan Chase, Cullen & Dykman, Federal Trade Commission, New York City Transit Authority, New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and judicial offices as well as local law firms.

Entrance and Progression Standards

Entrance into paralegal studies courses requires CUNY proficiency in reading and writing. All students admitted without such proficiencies will be required to complete necessary remediation and to obtain proficiency before progressing into paralegal studies courses. A minimum grade of “C” in each course with the prefix LAW is required for progression within the paralegal studies major. Students may repeat an LAW course once if they have received a “D” or “F” grade.

Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)

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

  • Describe the evolving role, responsibilities, and ethical obligations of paralegals/legal assistants in the delivery of legal services and also the development and expansion of access to legal services.
  • Explain the basic principles of the American common law system with particular attention to the structures and jurisdiction of the Federal and New York court systems.
  • Use appropriate legal terminology in all forms of written, oral, and visual communication.
  • Locate, read, evaluate and analyze both print and electronic sources of law, and apply them to issues requiring legal analysis.
  • Utilize standard legal forms on a computer data base/bank and/ or appropriate software programs to draft basic legal documents related to the required courses in the associate degree.

GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE

21 CREDITS

I - REQUIRED CORE1 (4 COURSES, 12 CREDITS)


English Composition (2 courses, 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3 credits)
Select one of the following courses

MAT 1190 Quantitative Reasoning or other approved course 3

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 3 credits)

BIO 1100 Human Biology or other approved course 3

II - FLEXIBLE CORE (3 COURSES, 9 CREDITS)

Individual and Society

PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology 3
COM 1330 Public Speaking 3

Writing Intensive Requirement2

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
LAW 1101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
LAW 1103 Civil Law and Procedure 3
LAW 1201 Legal Research I 3
LAW 1202 Real Estate 3
LAW 2301 Estates, Trusts, and Wills 3
LAW 2303 Family Law 3
LAW 2307 Legal Research II 4
LAW 2403 Legal Document Preparation 3
LAW 2409 Legal Internship and Seminar I 4
Select one of the following:
LAW 2302

LAW 2405

LAW 2406
Business Organization and Commercial Law
OR
Torts and Insurance Law
OR
Criminal Law




3
LAW 2410 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility 1
ACC 1162 Elements of Accounting 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I Met as GenEd
ENG 1121 English Composition II Met as GenEd
BIO 1100 Human Biology Met as GenEd
MAT 1190

Quantitative Reasoning
OR
other approved course


Met as GenEd
PHIL 2101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology Met as GenEd
COM 1330 Public Speaking or higher Met as GenEd
TOTAL PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE COURSES 39
TOTAL NYSED LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CREDITS 21
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE 60

1 For purposes of advisement, specific courses listed indicate double duty courses, i.e., program degree requirements that also meet general education requirements in that category. Students are not required to make that choice but should be advised that a different choice may result in additional credits being needed for graduation