Paralegal Certificate

Paralegal student in library

The Program

Pursue your career goal of becoming a paralegal and get the education you need to prepare for entry-level employment in this rewarding field with FLCC's Paralegal certificate program. If you hold an associate degree or higher college degree, our program will fast track you into the job market and prepare you for successful employment opportunities upon graduation. Throughout your studies, you'll experience a core of paralegal courses that focuses on legal theory, practical legal skills, and instruction on the twenty-first century office environment.

The Experience

As a Paralegal student, you will develop a thorough understanding of the United States court system, and you will learn the many areas of substantive law. In the classroom, you'll engage in assignments and projects that are identical to documents and court filings that are drafted by working paralegals. Combined with your classroom experience, you'll complete your certificate with a capstone course. For your capstone course, you'll choose between an internship or law office practice course. Some of our students have landed internships with law firms, real estate companies, banks, and insurance companies.

The Graduates

Graduates of our program have gone on to apply their education to employment opportunities at small, mid-sized, and large law firms across New York State and in other states. They have also secured positions working for corporations, in the court system, and in government offices. Most graduates enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. Some choose to transfer on to the four-year level to advance their studies and others have gone on to pursue law school.

*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

The Faculty

FLCC's Paralegal programs are directed by Nolana McKinstry, J.D. Prior to entering higher education in 2010, Ms. McKinstry practiced commercial litigation at K&L Gates LLP, which is an international law firm that is based in the United States. Each faculty and adjunct member in these programs is an experienced attorney or paralegal. Collectively, they bring valuable real-world experience and law knowledge in the private and public sectors to the classroom.

Admission Requirements

If you wish to pursue our Paralegal certificate program, you must provide evidence of completion of either an associate or bachelor's degree with at least 18 credits in a liberal arts curriculum. Our program provides community members who possess a college degree in something other than the paralegal field the opportunity to pursue a Paralegal certificate without the redundancy of additional general education courses.

Gainful Employment Information

This program falls under gainful employment disclosure regulations, a rule set by the U.S. Department of Education. View gainful employment information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.

Diane Carpenter

"My professors at FLCC were very approachable and caring, and gave me the confidence to be successful in my chosen career path"