Paralegal & Legal Studies
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Paralegals play an important role in assisting attorneys with conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, and organizing and managing case files.
At FLCC, you'll acquire the knowledge and skills that are required of paralegals in common legal specialty areas such as real property law, family law, litigation, and trust and estate law. You'll engage in assignments and projects that are identical to documents and court filings that are drafted by working paralegals. You may find yourself drawn to the family law class or honing your skills in the legal research and writing course or learning about trial preparation in the courts and litigation course. Whichever aspect of the field interests you most, you'll have the opportunity to explore your options and specialize your educational experience.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:
- Interpret and articulate the legal issue posed by a client's fact scenario, along with the answer to that issue.
- Prioritize, integrate, and analyze information to achieve the best outcome for a client.
- Apply the rules of legal ethics in different scenarios encountered in paralegal practice.
- Create appropriate legal documentation required for various legal tasks.
* Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Projections by the U.S. Department of Labor show that employment of paralegals and legal assistants is forecasted to grow 15 percent through 2026.
Although paralegals cannot practice law, you'll be involved in a variety of legal tasks in your everyday position. On an average day, you might be involved in handling a real estate closing, interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting a will, or carrying out an investigation to assist in preparation for a court case.
Most graduates enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. They have gained positions at law firms across New York State and in other states. Graduates have also secured positions working for corporations, in the court system, and in government offices.
Beginning with the 2021 Fall Semester, FLCC's A.A.S. in Paralegal and Legal Studies program will be offered exclusively online. This online format creates a convenient and flexible way for you to earn an education. You will be able to study on your own time from a location that fits your schedule, allowing you to access the resources, knowledge, and support you need to succeed.
According to Forbes, remote work is set to become the standard for the paralegal field. With an online education from FLCC under your belt, you'll be prepared for success in the virtual workplace!
Find out more about online degree programs at FLCC to see if it's the best-fit academic path for you.
Outside of the classroom, you'll also complete a paralegal internship and experience this profession firsthand. Some of our students have landed internships with law firms, real estate companies, banks, and insurance companies.
FLCC's Paralegal faculty and adjuncts are experienced attorneys or paralegals. Collectively, they bring valuable real-world experience and law knowledge in the private and public sectors to the classroom.