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Legal Assistant Studies/BS

This is the first baccalaureate in paralegal studies offered at any public college in New York State. The trend in the paralegal profession is that employers are requiring higher levels of education. Larger law firms and corporate law departments in New York require applicants with a baccalaureate degree. The upper-level baccalaureate courses in paralegal studies introduce students to more specialized areas of law and increase communication and computer skills. The minimum educational requirement for law school is a baccalaureate degree; our degree meets that requirement, and provides the added advantage of familiarity with law and legal research prior to entering law school.

Graduates with a baccalaureate degree are working in higher-level jobs in government and prestigious law firms or go on to enroll in postgraduate studies such as law school, graduate school or social work.

Admission into the Baccalaureate Program

There are many ways a student can enter the bachelor of science program in Legal Assistant Studies. Students may enter the bachelor of science degree program as freshmen if they meet the general College criteria in Admissions. These students will follow the AAS curriculum for the first 60 credits and may choose to receive the AAS along the way. Students may transfer in from the City Tech AAS program in paralegal studies before or after completing the AAS degree. Students may enter from other programs, either here at City Tech or from other colleges, if they meet College criteria for transfer admission. 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 to determine the courses they must complete for the bachelor of science degree.

Please consult the department for further information.

Baccalaureate Degree (BS)

Baccalaureate coursework builds upon the foundation of the AAS course work and continues to develop the skills needed for professional advancement.

Program Goals: Graduates with a Baccalaureate Degree in Paralegal Studies should be able to:

  • Enhance students’ understanding of their ethical and professional responsibilities as a member of the legal team working with diverse clientele and/or in diverse settings.
  • Research and join a legal professional organization/association to expand their knowledge base, engage with other paralegal/legal assistant students or those working in the field, and remain current with the latest developments in their profession.
  • Apply time management skills, prioritize tasks/assignments, and manage information utilizing computer databases/software programs.
  • Access and evaluate legal and non-legal data available on the Internet for reliability and validity of information.
  • Recognize and appreciate special and complex issues involved in advocacy and litigation in relation to both the required and elective baccalaureate level courses.

GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE1

42 CREDITS

I - REQUIRED CORE2 (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 4

II - FLEXIBLE CORE (6 COURSES, 18 CREDITS)

In addition to the required courses listed below, select one course from each of the other four areas; no more than two courses may be selected from any discipline. 9

World Cultures and Global Issues

Any Approved Course

US Experience in its Diversity

Any Approved Course

Individual and Society

PSY 1101* Introduction to Psychology 3

Creative Expression

Any Approved Course

Scientific World

Any Approved Course

One additional course from any group

PHIL 2101* Introduction to Philosophy 3

III - COLLEGE OPTION REQUIREMENT3 (12 CREDITS)

• One course in Speech/Oral Communication6
COM 1330*

Public Speaking

3
• One interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences course3
• Two additional liberal arts courses or in BTech programs, additional liberal arts credits to reach a minimum total of 42 credits in general education.

In meeting their general education requirements overall, students must take at least one advanced liberal arts course or two sequential courses in a foreign language.

Writing Intensive Requirement

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 66 CREDITS

Associate-Level Courses (36 credits)

LAW 1101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies3
LAW 1103 Civil Law and Procedure3
LAW 1201 Legal Research I3
LAW 1202 Real Estate3
LAW 2301 Estates, Trusts, and Wills3
LAW 2303 Family Law3
LAW 2307 Legal Research II4
LAW 2403 Legal Document Preparation3
LAW 2409 Legal Internship and Seminar I4
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 Responsibility1
ACC 1162 Elements of Accounting3

Baccalaureate-Level Courses (24 credits)

LAW 3500 Legal Modules (one set of three) 3
LAW 4704 Legal Technology 3
Select one of the following two courses:
LAW 4800

LAW 4801
Advanced Legal Research
OR
Internship and Seminar II3


3
LAW 4900 Senior Legal Seminar3
Select four of the following courses: 12
LAW 3601 Taxation
LAW 3602 Trial Preparation
LAW 3604 Employment and Labor Law
LAW 4701 Law Office Management
LAW 4702 Bankruptcy
LAW 4703 Immigration
LAW 4705 Administrative Law
LAW 4802 Trademark, Copyright, Patent
LAW 4805 Forensic Science and the Legal Process

Other Required Courses/Electives (36 credits)

ENG 1101* English Composition I Met as GenEd
ENG 1121* English Composition II Met as GenEd
ENG 1161 Language and Thinking or any Literature Course3
ENG 2570 Writing in the Workplace3
ENG 3401 Law Through Literature3
BIO 1100*

Human Biology
OR
other approved course


Met as GenEd
GOV 2401

SOC 2403
Constitutional Law
OR
Law and Society


3
MAT 1190* Quantitative Reasoning or other approved courseMet as GenEd
MAT 1272

MAT 1372
Statistics
OR
Statistics with Probability


3
PHIL 2101* Introduction to Philosophy Met as GenEd
PHIL 3211 Philosophy of Law3
PSY 1101* Introduction to Psychology Met as GenEd
PSY Any 2000 series or higher3
COM 1330* Public Speaking Met as GenEd
COM 1340

COM 2402
Oral Interpretation of Literature
OR
Intercultural Communications


3

ELECTIVES

HIS

Any HIS
OR
AFR 1461, 1465, 1466, 1467, LATS 1462


3

Free Electives: Additional credits to reach minimum of 120 total credits, including 60 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

TOTAL PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE COURSES 60
TOTAL NYSED LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CREDITS 60
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE 120

* Indicates courses required for the AAS in Legal Assistant Studies at New York City College of Technology.

1 The BS in Legal Assistant Studies is built on the AAS in Legal Assistant Studies using a 2+2 model. Requirements for transfer students from CUNY institutions will be governed by CUNY Pathways policy and existing articulation agreements. Transfers from outside of CUNY will be evaluated individually.

2 Students are strongly urged to consult degree requirements for “double-duty” courses: degree requirements that also meet CUNY Pathways general education requirements in that category.

3 Complete lists of liberal arts and sciences courses and advanced liberal arts courses, as well as semester-specific lists of interdisciplinary courses and writing intensive courses, are available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

4 Students who have already met this requirement may choose any other liberal arts and science course in its place.