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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:
GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE1
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|
|Any Approved Course|
|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|
|• One interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences course||3|
|• 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 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:|
|Business Organization and Commercial Law
Torts and Insurance Law
|LAW 2410||Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility||1|
|ACC 1162||Elements of Accounting||3|
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:|
|Advanced Legal Research
Internship and Seminar II3
|LAW 4900||Senior Legal Seminar||3|
|Select four of the following courses:||12|
|LAW 3602||Trial Preparation|
|LAW 3604||Employment and Labor Law|
|LAW 4701||Law Office Management|
|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 Course||3|
|ENG 2570||Writing in the Workplace||3|
|ENG 3401||Law Through Literature||3|
other approved course
Met as GenEd
Law and Society
|MAT 1190*||Quantitative Reasoning or other approved course||Met as GenEd|
Statistics with Probability
|PHIL 2101*||Introduction to Philosophy||Met as GenEd|
|PHIL 3211||Philosophy of Law||3|
|PSY 1101*||Introduction to Psychology||Met as GenEd|
|PSY||Any 2000 series or higher||3|
|COM 1330*||Public Speaking||Met as GenEd|
|Oral Interpretation of Literature
AFR 1461, 1465, 1466, 1467, LATS 1462
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.