According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation attracts many applicants, and competition for jobs will be strong. Experienced, formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.
The paralegal profession is one that is exciting as well as rewarding. Although paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law, paralegals assist attorneys in many areas of substantive legal work. On an average day, a paralegal might be involved in handling a real estate closing, interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting legal documents, performing legal research and conducting an investigation. All work is done under the supervision of an attorney and in compliance with strict ethical standards. By allowing a paralegal to handle such tasks, the attorney is available for other work and, at the same time, is able to provide the client with quality legal services at a lower rate.
The goal of the Paralegal program at Finger Lakes Community College is to provide students a quality paralegal education in order to prepare them to competently assist attorneys upon graduation. To this end, the Paralegal program has sought and achieved American Bar Association (ABA) approval. ABA approval is a voluntary goal, one that signifies an institution is providing the highest quality paralegal education. Furthermore, the program is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Paralegal degree program at Finger Lakes Community College is designed to prepare you for entry into the job market immediately upon graduation. The curriculum was developed in accordance with the American Bar Association guidelines and in consultation with area legal practitioners. View more information »
The Certificate in Paralegal is designed for those students who already have an associate degree or higher college degree. The courses will focus on legal theory, practical legal skills and instruction on the twenty-first century office environment. View more details »