Paralegal Studies

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New York City Law Department

Lawyers depend on paralegals. 

Paralegals perform law-related work under the supervision of a lawyer: analyze legal issues; investigate and evaluate facts; prepare pleadings, contracts, forms, legal memoranda, and other documents; interview clients; assist in case management; and perform other duties. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, but they are an important part of the legal process.

Benefit from: 

  • A program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • The technical skills, general knowledge, and communication abilities necessary to be a successful legal assistant 
  • Preparation to work in legal areas such as business/corporate, real estate, family, criminal, environmental, and intellectual property law 
  • Faculty who are licensed attorneys and offer firsthand knowledge and experience
  • Hands-on experience with technology used in law firms 
  • Valuable, real-world experience through program-related, faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments

Paralegal Studies
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This program is available for continuing students only.

The following are A.A.S., Paralegal Studies program statistics for New Jersey in 2012-2013.

Click on the links for more information on jobs related to this program:

PARALEGAL:  23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants, 23-2099 Legal Support Workers, All Other,23-2093 Title Examiners,Abstractors,and Searchers 

 

Q: How much will this program cost me to complete?
A: If you begin this program in 2014, your estimated total costs for the entire program are:

Tuition and fees:

$48,000


Books and supplies:

$1,910


On-campus room & board:

Not required


Q: What's included?
A:
The cost is based on completion of the program within two years for an Associate's degree (Note: Additional costs may be incurred due to individual circumstances such as specific course selections and remediation requirements). Berkeley College does offer a Tuition Freeze Program which may reduce overall tuition cost (click here for terms and conditions). Program costs include tuition and fees plus the estimated cost of textbooks and supplies. Living expenses, such as room, board, and transportation, can vary considerably and are not included in the figures above. Berkeley College does not require students to live on campus. There is optional housing available to students at either the University Centre in Newark, NJ (which has an additional estimated cost of $15,300 for six quarters) or housing at the White Plains location (which has an additional estimated cost of $18,300 for six quarters).

Q: What are my financing options to pay for the program?
A:
In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 97% of graduates used loans to finance their education. For the 2012-2013 award year, the median debt for program graduates was:

Federal loans:

$17,736.00


Private educational loans:

$0


Institution Financing Plan:

$0


Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?
A:
This 90-credit program is designed to be completed in six academic quarters over two calendar years.

For the 2012-2013 award year, 69% of graduates from this program finished within this time.


 

 


The following are A.A.S., Paralegal Studies program statistics for New York in 2012-2013.

Click on the links for more information on jobs related to this program:

PARALEGAL:  23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants, 23-2099 Legal Support Workers, All Other,23-2093 Title Examiners,Abstractors,and Searchers 

 

Q: How much will this program cost me to complete?
A: If you begin this program in 2014, your estimated total costs for the entire program are:

Tuition and fees:

$48,000


Books and supplies:

$1,910


On-campus room & board:

Not required


Q: What's included?
A:
The cost is based on completion of the program within two years for an Associate's degree (Note: Additional costs may be incurred due to individual circumstances such as specific course selections and remediation requirements). Berkeley College does offer a Tuition Freeze Program which may reduce overall tuition cost (click here for terms and conditions). Program costs include tuition and fees plus the estimated cost of textbooks and supplies. Living expenses, such as room, board, and transportation, can vary considerably and are not included in the figures above. Berkeley College does not require students to live on campus. There is optional housing available to students at either the University Centre in Newark, NJ (which has an additional estimated cost of $15,300 for six quarters) or housing at the White Plains location (which has an additional estimated cost of $18,300 for six quarters).

Q: What are my financing options to pay for the program?
A:
In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 97% of graduates used loans to finance their education. For the 2012-2013 award year, the median debt for program graduates was:

Federal loans:

$20,061.00


Private educational loans:

$0


Institution Financing Plan:

$0


Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?
A:
This 90-credit program is designed to be completed in six academic quarters over two calendar years.

For the 2012-2013 award year, 76% of graduates from this program finished within this time.