Paralegal Studies

Juan Carlos Fajardo, JD, Coordinator & Instructor; other specialized lawyers for various sessions.

Train for one of the fastest-growing occupations in America. Gain practical skills and learn procedures to prepare you for success as a Paralegal. Build a career plan, locate potential employers, and find a job.

REQUIRED CERTIFICATE COURSES:

BUX-238 Practicum I Introduction

BUX-239 Practicum II Research

BUX-101 Notary Public Seminar

BUX-240 Computers in Law Office (Recommended)

COMPLETE CERTIFICATE IN ONE SEMESTER!

Required for Certificate: Successful completion with a grade of "C" or better and attendance.

Required textbook available for purchase at the QCC Bookstore. 

Prerequisite: High School Diploma or equivalent; basic Computer and Writing Skills.  Attendance mandated.


 

Practicum I: Introduction to Laws & Procedures

Introduction to the principles and practices of the paralegal profession.  Basic review of the American legal system, the mechanics of the law office and the legal field covered. Understand the civil litigation process, immigration law, family law, landlord & tenant dispute, contract law, and criminal justice.

BUX-238 5 sessions (40 hours) / $415

Sat, 9:20am-4:10pm, (1/2 hr lunch break) Sept. 16-Oct.  21 (skip 9/30) Plus 8 hours of Fieldwork TBA

Practicum II: Research, Interviewing & Fieldwork

Introduction to the fundamental skills needed to conduct legal research inquiries, investigations, and interviews. Emphasis is given to practical applications and real-life work experiences of paralegals by combining exercises and theories.  Legal research using LexisNexis. Includes 2 computer training sessions.

BUX-239 7 sessions (42 hours) / $495

Sat, 9:30am-4pm, (1/2 hr lunch break) Oct. 28-Dec. 9 NOTE: No skip date. Class held on 11/25 with 2 Computer Labs: Dec. 2 & 9

NOTE: This program offered only in the Fall Semester.

Notary Public Seminar

Learn the laws, concepts, and procedures for the NYS test. Highlights situations the officer may encounter, i.e., avoiding conflict of interest, professional ethics, proper fees, handling special situations, and minimizing legal liability.

BUX-101  1 session (3 hours) / $65

Thurs, 6:30-9:30pm, Oct. 26

Computers in the Law Office

Recommended for Paralegals & Lawyers

Acquire up-to-date information technology regarding the use of software and hardware for legal research, file, client, and accounting management. Learn basic computer concepts via software programs including Microsoft Word, Tabs   3, AbacusLaw and Westlaw. Topics covered: legal timekeeping and billing, litigation support, case management,   docket control, and Internet legal/factual research, and; mobile computing, document management, security, ethics, law website design, and other trends in legal computing.  Each topic is presented in a clear and organized manner incorporating many examples of how software is actually used by the paralegal or attorney on-the-job. Hands-on tutorials provide participants with the opportunity to apply what is presented   in the text and practice using computers to complete legal work. Prerequisites:   Basic computer and Internet knowledge, access   to computer.  Required textbook includes the required free software and is available at the QCC Bookstore. Includes 2 computer training sessions.

BUX-240 7 sessions (21 hours) / $315

Tues, 6:30-9:30pm, Sept. 26-Nov. 7 with 2 Computer Labs: Oct. 31 & Nov. 7

Paralegal Studies

What Paralegals Do:

Paralegals and Legal Assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents. Paralegals do most of their work in offices. Occasionally, they may travel to gather information, collect and review documents, accompany attorneys to depositions or trials, and do other tasks. Some of the work can be fast-paced, and paralegals must be able to work on multiple projects under tight deadlines.

Salary Information:

Median Hourly Wage: $25.05 in New York State

Median Annual Wage: $52,100 in New York State

The lowest 10% earn $16.57 hourly and $34,500

annually in NYS.

*Please note: The median wage is an average wage. Salary may increase as Paralegal’s experience and education increases. The lowest 10% of salary may reflect those with the least experience.

Career Outlook:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment of Paralegal is projected to grow +11% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

To speak to an Advisor, contact:
Victoria Duic
vduic@qcc.cuny.edu
718-281-5695
    
Advising, career counseling and job search assistance are offered at no charge to students during and upon completion of any course or program at Queensborough Community College, Division of Pre-College, Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

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