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Paralegal Schools in New York

New York’s colleges and universities offer a broad array of paralegal programs from general practice to specialty practice areas like e-discovery and international law. The following overview of paralegal schools in New York is designed to equip you with key information so that you can make the decision that is right for your career. You might also consider online paralegal programs as alternatives to traditional on-campus programs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 50 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in New York.1
  • 17 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 26 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 12 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 15 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 11 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018.2
  • 3 schools ranked in Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs in 2018.3
  • 5 schools ranked in College Factual’s Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Legal Professions in 2018.4
  • 14 schools ranked in US News Best Law Schools in 2019.5
  • 19 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs are in New York.6

Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • Baruch College-City University of New York (#44 in-state, #27 out-of-state)
  • Binghamton University-State University of New York (#18 in-state, #6 out-of-state)
  • Hunter College-City University of New York (#45 in-state, #30 out-of-state)
  • Purchase College-State University of New York (#86 in-state, #82 out-of-state)
  • Queens College-City University of New York (#77 in-state, #75 out-of-state)
  • State University of New York-College at Geneseo (#53 in-state, #26 out-of-state)
  • State University of New York College-Oneonta (#96 in-state, #87 out-of-state)
  • State University of New York-New Paltz (#76 in-state, #73 out-of-state)
  • Stony Brook University-State University of New York (#32 in-state, #34 out-of-state)
  • University at Buffalo-State University of New York (#54 in-state, #70 out-of-state)
  • University of Albany-State University of New York (#100 in-state, #96 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs 2018

  • State University of New York College of Technology-Canton (#4)
  • Mercy College (#27)
  • Hilbert College (#28)

College Factual’s Best Degrees in Legal Professions 2018

  • United States Military Academy (#1)
  • St. John’s University-New York (#8)
  • Ithaca College (#13)
  • City University of New York-John Jay College of Criminal Justice (#19)
  • City University of New York-City College (#20)

US News Best Law Schools 2019

  • Columbia University (#5)
  • New York University (#6)
  • Cornell University (#13)
  • Fordham University (#37 tie)
  • Yeshiva University (#56 tie)
  • Brooklyn Law School (#83 tie)
  • St John’s University (#83 tie)
  • Syracuse University (#88 tie)
  • Albany Law School (#106 tie)
  • University at Buffalo-State University of New York (#106 tie)
  • Hofstra University (#110 tie)
  • New York Law School (#110 tie)
  • City University of New York-Long Island (#125 tie)
  • Pace University (#125 tie)

Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA

  • Bronx Community College
  • Daemen College
  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • Genesee Community College
  • Hilbert College
  • Hofstra University
  • LaGuardia Community College-CUNY
  • LIU Brooklyn
  • Marist College
  • Mercy College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Nassau Community College
  • New York City College of Technology
  • Queens College
  • Schenectady County Community College
  • St. John’s University
  • Suffolk County Community College
  • SUNY-Rockland Community College
  • Westchester Community College-SUNY
    • Paralegal Degree Programs in New York

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      New York City College of Technology-CUNY

      New York City College of Technology-CUNY is a public institution that offers both a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Legal Assistant Studies. Both programs are built upon a solid liberal arts foundation and offer a wide range of specialty courses for those interested focusing their degree in a specific area of law. The program aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the legal system, the fundamentals of legal analysis and a high degree of proficiency in legal technology. In addition to imparting legal knowledge, the program fosters vital tools for entry into the legal community such as critical thinking and problem-solving skills, formal writing and oral communication skills and individual research skills. Both the BS and the AAS programs incorporate a mandatory internship into the classroom curriculum, giving students an opportunity to apply coursework to real-world situations. This internship also helps students form valuable connections in the legal community. City Tech is home to an excellent in-house law library and is within walking distance of state and federal courts and major law firms, providing students major resources in the study of law. Both the BS and the AAS programs are approved by the American Bar Association.

      Social networking on LinkedIn provides an opportunity for legal recruiters, and HR managers in law firms and corporate law departments to search for worthy candidates by reviewing your online resume.” –Laura Kryta, President of the Western New York Paralegal Association and Paralegal at Phillips Lytle LLP.

      Berkeley College of New York City

      Berkeley College of New York City offers both an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Legal Studies and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Legal Studies. Both programs can be completed on campus or online, and students can transfer academic credit from the associate’s to the bachelor’s degree. The BS in Legal Studies follows a thorough curriculum including courses such as Civil Litigation, Real Property Law, and Contract Law. Courses focus on skills in critical reasoning, communications, and research and writing, as well as current technology and research databases used in the legal field. Students in both degree programs also complete an internship, which provides real-world experience before graduation. Many graduates from Berkeley College of NYC work in legal careers in government, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and regulatory offices.

      Bronx Community College

      Bronx Community College offers an AAS in Paralegal Studies that has been approved by the American Bar Association. This program focuses on business and law courses that offer a comprehensive background in legal fundamentals, key paralegal skills, and practical experience. The mandatory 210-hour internship component allows students to gain valuable experience within a legal setting, network among potential employers, and hone the skills developed throughout the program coursework. This program also allows students to apply earned credit toward any law-related bachelor’s degree, should the student wish to continue his or her education after completion of the AAS. Finally, the AAS in Paralegal Studies program at Bronx Community College strives to impart sound business ethics and a sense of professional responsibility in the graduates to best prepare them to enter the competitive job market.

      State University of New York College of Technology at Canton

      The State University of New York College of Technology at Canton, or SUNY Canton, offers a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Legal Studies program that prepares students for successful paralegal careers. The program can be completed on campus or entirely online, as the Legal Studies program is one of the school’s signature online programs. The interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes legal research and legal writing and encourages students to take complimenting courses in such areas as Accounting, Business, and Criminal Justice. The curriculum also includes an internship option that allows students to earn credits while gaining real-world experience. The instructors at SUNY Canton bring broad practice experience to the classroom, providing an additional experiential basis for learning. Many students at SUNY Canton receive some form of financial aid, including endowed scholarships based on academic merit or financial need.

      Online Paralegal Programs

      Mercy College

      Students at Mercy College can earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Legal Studies. More than half of the courses for this major can be taken online, but the remaining courses must be completed on campus. The bachelor’s curriculum starts with 60 credits of general education courses. Legal Studies students then complete 36 credits of major-specific classes, such as Intro to Legal Studies and Constitutional Law and Policy. Once the core curriculum is finished, students can choose between 24 elective credits in courses such as Law of Evidence, The Art of Legal Reasoning, and Exploring the NY Courts. Coursework teaches the oral and written communication skills needed in the legal field as well as negotiation and mediation tactics. Students learn how to research and interpret the law with an emphasis on ethical practices. Graduates are prepared to work in entry-level positions or pursue further graduate study with eventual careers in law, business, or government.

      Hilbert College

      Hilbert College offers two degrees for prospective paralegals, an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Legal Studies and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Legal Studies. The AAS requires two years of full-time study and prepares graduates for entry-level positions or further study; the BS takes four years to complete and graduates can go on to graduate programs or begin work in the legal field. Both programs have been approved by the American Bar Association and can be completed with day or evening classes or in a hybrid online format. After the liberal arts foundation, bachelor degree candidates take courses such as Law and Legal Ethics, Litigation, and Legal Research. In addition, BS students can choose between four concentrations in Business/Corporate, Child and Family Law, Litigation, and Research and Writing. Hilbert helps students find internships that are relevant to their concentration, and many graduates go on to work in private law firms, government agencies, courts, and corporate legal departments.

      Student Reviews

      Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

      Hofstra University
      1000 Fulton Ave
      Hempstead, NY 11549
      (800) 463-7872
      https://www.hofstra.edu/

      Student Review: “My paralegal experience at Hofstra University so far has been great and it has really re-inspired me in what I want to be doing with my professional life. I decided to take this course because I was on the fence about law school and I have had a little over a year off since I graduated with my BA in Political Science, so this program is great for anyone who is in an in-between phase like me, anyone who wants to be a paralegal or anyone who is thinking about going to law school but not exactly sure about it just yet. I’m very happy that I decided to take this program and there are also extra workshops that are included in the program fees that teach you good resume-building skills, interview skills, and there is even a workshop to learn everything you need to know before taking the test to become a Notary Public. This program really promises to open a lot of doors professionally, and I am very excited about my next step.” -student at Hofstra University
      stars-5

      Hunter College
      695 Park Ave
      New York, NY 10065
      (212) 772-4000
      http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/main/

      Student Review: “The paralegal program at Hunter College was exceptional. My professors encouraged me to apply for various graduate schools to further my career path. My classes consisted of lectures and internships. The college helped me look for an internship that I can use as class credit toward my degree. I was grateful for their help. I found myself being supported by my colleagues and my professors throughout the program. I thank the program at Hunter for their professionalism in preparing each student for their career in law by sharing their personal experiences while working as attorneys and other various related fields. The program itself helped me prepare myself for what it would be like outside in the real world. Their focus was not based on theories alone and their method of teaching has enabled me in becoming a member of the law field.” -Student at Hunter College
      stars-5

      Jefferson Community College (SUNY Jefferson)
      1220 Coffeen Street
      Watertown, NY 13601
      (315) 786-2200
      http://www.sunyjefferson.edu/

      Student Review: “The paralegal program at my school was geared toward educating people who could be of use to my community. The classes consisted more of education about legal principle than of paralegal concerns. My favorite classes were the real property law classes. Real property is a big draw to my area (Watertown NY). The family law classes were also really fun, and there’s a huge draw for it here because we’re right near a military base. My favorite class by far was constitutional law. It required us to study precedent and apply our learnings to the time period in which the decisions were made. I got the Westlaw outstanding paralegal student award.” -Student at SUNY Jefferson
      stars-4

      John Jay College of Criminal Justice
      524 W 59th St
      New York, NY 10019
      (212) 237-8000
      http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/

      Student Review: “At John Jay Overall I think the paralegal program is challenging and teaches important information and is full of people who are experts in their field. I’ve had opportunities to work on research projects in my first year. However, sometimes we have graduate classes in the old building which is hot in the summer and cold in winter and smells funny all the time. You’d think for the money we pay we’d get to be in the newer building with the better tech and nicer rooms. There is affiliated housing offered but it’s very expensive as is the surrounding area because it’s New York. Nevertheless, college is a wonderful and delightful learning experience. The most of gotten from college was to overcome my fear of public speaking which is much needed in almost all fields of business. I also appreciated the knowledge of my professors and their willingness to share and engage with us all no matter what level of experience we were on.” -Student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
      stars-5

      New York University – School of Professional Studies
      7 E 12th St
      New York, NY 10003
      (212) 998-7200
      http://www.sps.nyu.edu/

      Student Review: “I really enjoyed studying at New York University, the quality of my professors and curriculum were outstanding. Also, taking classes in the middle of Greenwich Village in Manhattan is amazing. Most importantly the alumni base and being based in New York City allowed me to land a paralegal internship at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom law firm, one of the best in the country. I ended up getting full-time offer from them after two months of interning. I cannot imagine I would have had this opportunity at another school. The only thing I didn’t like about the program was the old building that the classes took place in, they need to do some serious updating of the dated facilities considering how much tuition costs. All around enrolling in the NYU paralegal studies program was the best career decision I have ever made.” -Student at New York University – School of Professional Studies
      stars-5

      Stony Brook University
      100 Nicolls Rd
      Stony Brook, NY 11794
      (631) 632-6000
      https://www.stonybrook.edu/

      Student Review: “Even though my paralegal studies class was online I never felt like I was alone. My professors were always available to answer any questions I had, and doing this study online allowed me to do things at my own pace. I was still able to be at home for my son who was only a year old at the time and do my studying at night. I was able to finish the program two weeks early and I never felt like I had to give up any part of my normal life while at the same time achieving something to make my life better. As a single mom, I was concerned that I would not be able to keep up with the workload and my home life, but my professors were so eager to help and explain anything I didn’t understand that I never had to question if what I had thought I read was what was being said. I had received a BA in History from Stony Brook University as an undergrad and I was thrilled when I realized that SBU was also an option for this paralegal study as well. I knew that in their hands, I couldn’t fail. I was right. I am a proud Seawolf and I love SBU.” -Student at Stony Brook University
      stars-5

      Westchester Community College
      75 Grasslands Rd
      Valhalla, NY 10595
      (914) 606-6600
      http://www.sunywcc.edu/

      Student Review: “I was generally unimpressed with the Paralegal Certificate Program at Westchester Community College. There were a few standout professors, namely in the contract law and bankruptcy law classes, that made attending worth it. I felt the program does not prepare you for real work as a paralegal. Far too much time is spent teaching a high-level overview of legal concepts, something generally unneeded in a paralegal’s day to day job, leaving us without simple important skills like teaching us how to track down the court rules or e-file a document. On the plus side, most classes are offered at night so it is very easy to schedule while working.” -Student at Westchester Community College
      stars-3

      References:
      1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
      2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values in Public Colleges: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
      3. Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs: https://www.paralegal411.org/degrees/bachelors/online/
      4. College Factual’s Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Legal Professions in 2018: https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/legal-studies-and-professions/rankings/top-ranked/
      5. US News Best Law Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings
      6. American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Programs: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/paralegals/