About Paralegal Studies

MCC's Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is approved by SUNY, the State Education Department and the American Bar Association. We offer a post-degree certificate program and, therefore, the applicants participate in a selective admissions process. Beginning students can only start in the fall semester and we begin processing applications each spring semester. Since the program is limited to twenty-five students, the program is usually fully enrolled well before the start of fall classes. In recent years the program has been closed to new applications by mid-summer so applying early is advised.

Applicants with at least a Bachelor's degree can matriculate directly into the program through the MCC Admissions office, no interview is required.

If you have an Associate’s Degree which includes at least eighteen hours of general education credits, you will need to complete a three-step process:

  • First, you need to apply to MCC Admissions 
  • Second, you need to fill out an Information and Department Recommendation Form; and
  • Third, set up an interview with the Program Director, Jennifer Vigneri. If you are currently enrolled in a program here at MCC, please contact the Admissions Office for information on how to proceed.

Download the Recommendation Form or it can be obtained through the Admissions Office or the Law and Criminal Justice Department at the Downtown Campus.

To set up the personal interview, you may email Jennifer Vigneri or call her at (585) 685-6373.

The completed Recommendation Form and a copy of your college transcript should be brought to the interview.

The Department of Law and Criminal Justice processes applications year-round for recommendation to the MCC Admissions Office. Classes begin each fall. Students complete the program in 15 months of part-time evening and Saturday study.

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