Paralegal Studies Courses

  • Courses Offered on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings (6:00 pm-8:50 pm)
    and Saturday Mornings (9:00 am-11:50 am)
  • Courses are taught sequentially.
  • The program consists of 17 courses for a total of 33 credit hours of program course credits. The ABA requires that students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom synchronous instruction.

Requirements for Program Entrance
Admission to the program has specific educational requirements that include either a bachelor's degree, or an associate's degree with 18 credit hours in broadly based liberal arts courses (a degree in Criminal Justice is deemed to meet this requirement) and Program Director approval.

Students seeking admission to Paralegal Studies must possess an Associate degree; Bachelor’s degree preferred. For students without a Bachelor’s degree, a departmental interview/recommendation is required.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
PLS 260 Introduction to Paralegal Studies2
PLS 266 Legal Research and Writing3
PLS 267 Litigation and the Federal and NYS Procedural Laws3
PLS 273 Computer Support Systems1
First Semester Total:9
PLS 263 Contract Law for Paralegals2
PLS 268 Personal Injury Law2
PLS 269 Domestic Relations and Family Law2
PLS 270 Debtor-Creditor Law3
PLS 272 Real Estate Law2
PLS 275 Law Practice Management1
Intersession and Second SemesterTotal:12
PLS 271 Corporate Law and Business Organizations2
Summer Semester Total:2
PLS 250 Paralegal Communication Skills1
PLS 264 Administrative Law1
PLS 265 Fact-finding Research1
PLS 274 Estate Planning, Estates and Trust Administration3
PLS 276 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility1
PLS 299 Paralegal Internship 3
Final Fall Semester Total:10

Course Descriptions