Ammerman - Grant
HEGIS Code - 5099, CIP Code - 22.0302

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: PALG-AAS
 

     A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental/public agency, bank, industry or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. The paralegal program is designed neither for attorneys nor law office administrators. The Suffolk County Community College Paralegal Studies A.A.S. and Certificate programs are offered for paralegal education. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

     This curriculum, which is approved by the American Bar Association, provides students with a background in law as practiced in legal offices and trains them to prepare documents such as probate forms, title searches and closing statements, pleadings and discovery proceedings, legal memoranda, and corporate minutes and filings. Skilled use of the English language is essential, and a high level of verbal competence is required for completion of the curriculum. Knowledge of word processing software packages is strongly recommended.

     Not all legal courses are offered on each campus each semester. Students are strongly urged to meet with a paralegal academic advisor to plan their program. Failure to do so may result in delayed completion of the program.

     Transfer credit may be awarded for legal specialty courses completed at an accredited higher education institution whose Paralegal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association. Credit for legal specialty courses successfully completed with a grade of C or higher may be awarded for courses deemed equivalent by the Suffolk County Community College Paralegal Studies Program Director to legal specialty courses offered at Suffolk County Community College. Suffolk County Community College limits the number of legal specialty credits transferred into the degree or certificate program to no more than six credits. In addition, students must complete at least 30 credit hours for the degree or 15 credit hours for the certificate of the required coursework at Suffolk County Community College.

     The Paralegal Studies program offers some online legal specialty courses (LAW101, LAW103, LAW213 and LAW251) as approved by the ABA. The offering of online legal specialty courses does not state, imply or constitute an online program or online program option. Students must take at least ten semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction. 

Admission Procedures and Requirements

     For entering students, minimum requirements for admission are an 80 high school average, Regents English, strong reading and writing skills, and a score of 1080 (combined score of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) on the SAT or a composite score of 21 on the ACT. Students already enrolled in college need 12 credits with a 3.0 GPA which include a B or better in ENG101 and LAW101. Students are admitted on a rolling basis, fall and spring, with most students who meet minimum standards admitted. Exceptions to admission requirements must be approved by the Academic Chair of the program.

FIRST SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
  ACC101: Financial Accounting I 3
  BUS101: Introduction to Business 3
  BUS115: College/Workplace Skills Seminar 1
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
LAW101: Introduction to Law 3
  COM101: Introduction To Human Communication 3

SECOND SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
  ENG201: Advanced Expository Writing 3
LAW103: Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
LAW111: Business Law I 3
LAW244: Partnership and Corporation Law 3
  POL103: State and Local Politics and Government 3
  Physical Education Electives 2

THIRD SEMESTER: 15 credits Credits
  MAT103: Statistics I
or MAT108: Mathematics and the Law
3
LAW202: Civil Litigation 3
LAW212: Business Law II 3
LAW240: Legal Research 3
*♦ Area Elective 3

FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
  Laboratory Science Elective 4
LAW215: Law of Property 3
LAW246: Estates, Trusts and Wills 3
*♦ Area Elective 3
  Social Sciences Elective 3

MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED 64

*  Area Electives (any two courses):
  ACC218: Federal Income Taxation
  CRJ101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  CRJ103: Substantive Criminal Law
  CRJ107: Evidence and Procedural Law
  LAW105: Law Office Management and Practices
  LAW213: Paralegal Internship
  LAW241: Legal Writing
  LAW251: International Law

These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.