Introduction to Law
This course provides an overview of our legal system and acquaints students with the paralegal’s role as a legal professional. The law of torts is explored, with particular attention to the field of negligence. Legal terminology is emphasized. Discussion of the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program as a whole is included.
An inclusive course that includes examination of sole proprietorships, general and limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and corporations. The advantages and disadvantages of each entity, as well as the practical aspects involved in creating, operating and dissolving each, will be addressed.
Computers and the Law
This course will introduce the student to the essentials of online legal research through the use of Lexis, Google Scholar and the Internet, in addition to the use of Boolean and implied Boolean search techniques. This course will also provide "hands-on" instruction as to how Word is used in the practice of law, as well as the use of HotDocs.
This introductory course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the types of contracts and their underlying elements. The content and meaning of contract language are explored.
This course will familiarize the student with the criminal justice system through the study of criminal law concepts, statutes and case law. Students learn the stages of a criminal prosecution.
This course is designed to examine the law concerning unauthorized practice of law, to raise awareness of common ethical problems confronting paralegals, and to discuss possible solutions to ethical dilemmas.
This course covers family law, with an emphasis on the formation and dissolution of marriage. Matrimonial causes of action are discussed, as well as equitable distribution of property, custody and support, and tax consequences.
Legal Research and Writing
An understanding of, and familiarity with, the methodology of legal research, including both conceptual issue recognition and mechanical knowledge of source materials is developed. Students research using not only primary sources such as cases and statutes but also secondary sources. This research is applied to develop written skills through preparation of various types of legal writing.
This course will help students develop an understanding of the law of civil litigation in New York, including the role of the paralegal from case inception to enforcement of judgments. Students learn the concepts of jurisdiction. They are introduced to pleadings, bills of particulars, motion papers and discovery requests, and learn how to enforce judgments.
This course offers students practical advice on creating a professional resume which emphasizes transferable skills. Interview techniques, professional demeanor, and job search strategies are discussed.
Probate, Wills and Trusts
This course will familiarize students with the theory and practice of probate law, as well as how to administer an estate, will be explored. Probate court rules, procedures, and preparation of appropriate documents will be covered.
This component addresses the substantive concepts connected with real property law, as well as the practical skills needed to deal with the diverse areas of real estate law, including closings, liens, deeds, mortgages, title searches and landlord-tenant disputes.