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  • B.S. in Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies

    B.S. Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies
    Build skills and training with a legally-oriented education and real-world experiences that will make you stand out for future employers.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration: Paralegal Studies 36 Credits
Open Electives 24 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Legal Studies with a specialization in Paralegal Studies must complete:

  • LAWS 130 Intro Legal Studies
  • LAWS 255 Managing Human Conflict I
  • LAWS 361 Constitutional Law & Policy
  • PARA 260 Legal Research/Writing I
  • PARA 300 Legal Research/Writing II
  • PARA 206 Substantive Law/Document Draft
  • PARA 302 Litigation
  • PARA 410 Advanced Seminar Para Studies

and

two courses in Paralegal Studies numbered PARA 201 through PARA 303 and two additional courses from Paralegal Studies numbered 201 or above, LAWS numbered 203 or above.

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration in Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies.

Mercy College is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education. The Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies major is approved by the Standing Committee on Paralegals of the American Bar Association.

PARALEGALS ARE NOT LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW.

Paralegals work under the direct supervision of an attorney who is responsible for the work product of the paralegal.

What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1-800-MERCY NY to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and workplace experience.
Have you established a LEX (Lambda Epsilon Chi) Chapter at Mercy College?
Yes. Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) is the National Paralegal Honor Society instituted by the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) in 1997 to recognize men and women who have demonstrated "superior academic performance" in paralegal studies. Induction ceremony for membership is every May. Students who qualify for membership into LEX are notified of their eligibility by the Program Director for Paralegal Studies.
Are there professional paralegal organizations that a paralegal can join?
Yes. The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) and the National Association of Legal Assistants.
Is the Mercy College Paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)?
Yes.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Do you have an internship program?
Yes, students are afforded the opportunity to intern.
What is a paralegal?
"A legal assistant or paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." (as defined by the American Bar Association)
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Diana D'Amico Juettner Professor, Social Sciences
Donna Bookin Assistant Professor, Legal and Justice Studies

Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies Overview

You can have a fulfilling, stimulating career as a paralegal. Mercy College offers a four-year Bachelor’s Degree program in Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies. The Bachelor's Degree program in Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies is approved by the American Bar Association. Graduates are trained specialists who can:

  • Manage law office operations
  • Assist attorneys in drafting legal documents
  • Assume administrative duties routinely performed by attorneys

Graduates are also capable of conducting legal research, designing and developing new procedures and analyzing and reviewing legal documents. 

PARALEGALS ARE NOT LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW. Paralegals work under the direct supervision of an attorney who is responsible for the work product of the paralegal.

Our program is structured to give you a real world, legally-oriented education which leads to the attainment of marketable skills.

The Mercy College Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Our Paralegal Advisory Board consists of judges, lawyers, paralegals and community leaders. The Mercy College Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies program is a Member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.

Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies FAQS

Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and workplace experience.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.

Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies Fast Facts

  • Our Paralegal Advisory Board consists of judges, lawyers, paralegals and community leaders
  • Internships are available

Career Opportunities

Employment includes: law offices, government positions, corporations, financial or insurance firms, real estate firms and in health care organizations. Career opportunities include paralegals, legal assistants, and law office managers.

Other Legal Studies Programs
  • General Legal Studies
  • Legal Studies: Political Science