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PARALEGAL STUDIES (CERTIFICATE)

Paralegals work alongside lawyers to perform substantive legal work like interviewing clients and witnesses, investigating evidence, performing legal research, and preparing reports and documents. Due to the diverse nature of the legal field, Paralegals have the unique ability to choose to work in a specialization they’re passionate about, such as criminal law, real estate law, or family law. They’re employed by many different kinds of organizations, from law firms, to government agencies, corporate legal departments, the armed forces, financial institutions, and even educational institutions.

YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS PROGRAM IF:

  • You’d like the ability to choose a specialization you’re passionate about to focus your work on, but have the flexibility to switch specializations throughout your career, too.
  • Having a career that makes a difference in your life, as well as the lives of others, is something you consider rewarding.
  • Job satisfaction, career stability, and market demand are things you consider important as you decide on which path to take your career.

CAREER OUTLOOK & GENERAL OVERVIEW

SETTINGS TO WORK IN

Rewarding career options include:
  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal Specialist
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Analyst

AVERAGE AGE

31
Average age of the Plaza student population*

*Based on active student population, Spring 2021

GRADUATION RATE

64%
of all of Plaza’s full time students graduate on time

STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO

28:1
Allowing more dynamic classroom interaction

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

$810,839.91
Awarded during the 2020 academic year

*Based on a review of student accounts, Spring 2021

ACCREDITED BY

The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

Our professors are subject matter experts in their fields. Throughout the program, they’ll share their knowledge with you, providing a strong foundation and hands-on experience to prepare you for a successful paralegal career. The program will provide instruction in:

  • Legal Terminology
  • Research Skills
  • Communication and Writing Skills
  • E-Filing Systems
  • Organizational Skills
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (ex: Composition and Research, Mathematical Applications, Advanced Legal Writing, etc.)

View all degree requirements in the College Catalog.

WHY IS PLAZA RIGHT FOR YOU?

We're glad you asked.

Academic Quality

Program Rigor, Subject-Matter-Expert Professors, and MSCHE Accreditation ensure an exceptional college education.

Competitive Tuition

Our tuition is not only of the lowest of any private college in New York State, but one of the lowest amongst all 4-year colleges in NYC.

Campus Location

Located in the heart of Queens, our Forest Hills campus is convenient and easily accessible by all public transportation and major highways.

On Your Time

Whether you need classes in the morning, in the evening, online, or a combination of all, flexible course scheduling gives you options.

Success Stories

Our 100+ year alumni network is ready and waiting to tell you how Plaza helped them get where they are today!

Support Network

Individual Advising, Free Tutoring, Student Life Activities, and Job Placement Services add to your college experience and graduation success.