Help attorneys manage legal matters by conducting client communications, research, and document preparation. Learn how to support real estate transactions, family law, and litigation. Start working with lawyers and other law professionals in as little as one year.
Certificate Program Overview
Pursue a challenging and rewarding career as a paralegal. Learn about property rights, litigation, and estate planning. Complete projects and draft legal documents that are identical to those you'll write as a paralegal. Explore many career options and then personalize your education to match your interests and professional goals.
Prepare for a new career quickly with our certificate program's focus on paralegal studies. We've designed the paralegal certificate program for returning students and adult learners looking to transition into the legal field.
Online Certificate Program
Our paralegal programs are offered exclusively online. This online format provides a convenient and flexible way to earn your education. Study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. Find out more about online degree programs.
To be admitted into our Paralegal certificate program, you must have an associate or bachelor's degree with at least 18 general education credits. This ensures that you have the college-level communication skills required in paralegal careers.
Gain Hands-On Experience with Internships
Complete a 128-hour paralegal internship and gain first-hand experience in this profession. Find the perfect fit with our network of over 35 law firms, real estate companies, government agencies, banks, and insurance companies. During your internship, you'll engage in substantive legal work such as preparing official documents (trusts, wills, and real estate closings) and managing client communications.
Learn From Regional Experts
Meet and learn from experts working in a variety of legal settings through the program's guest speaker series. Attorneys and paralegals from Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo will join you in class to discuss real-world scenarios. Hear what it's like to work in public firms, small private practices, real estate offices, and corporate headquarters — so you can make an informed choice about your future.
Certificate Program Outcomes
After graduating from this program, you'll be ready to start a career as a paralegal or legal assistant. Previous graduates have earned positions at law firms, corporations, and government offices across New York state.
Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities
Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. Over 75% of FLCC students receive financial awards that reduce the cost of college — or cover it completely!
FLCC's Paralegal faculty and adjuncts are experienced attorneys or paralegals. They bring valuable real-world experience and law knowledge in the private and public sectors to the classroom.
*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Explore Your Career Options
Map out a path toward your future career, and discover opportunities related to this area of study.