Business and Professional/Public Service Division
Hours of Operation
- Mon - Fri : 8 am - 5 pm
- Deborah Vinecour, Chair
- Colleen Scanlon, Support Staff
- Catherine M. Roche, Division Chair
Why Study Paralegal Studies?
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Paralegal Studies program will prepare students for careers in the legal industry, working under the supervision of attorneys. According to the American Bar Association, “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 agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which the lawyer is responsible.” Examples of some paralegal responsibilities include interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing legal documents, assisting at trials, investigating and performing legal research. Paralegals are not permitted to practice law, which means that they cannot give legal advice, represent clients in court, set a legal fee or accept a case. Students who decide to further their education at the baccalaureate level will need to complete additional general education courses at the transferring institution. The certificate is for students who already have an associate of arts, associate of science degree, or higher.
Meet our Faculty
Our distinguished faculty of over 100 full-time and 400 part-time members includes professionals in the hospitality and tourism industry, numerous Fulbright Scholars, SUNY Chancellor’s Award winners, and published authors. Average class size of 22 allows faculty members to work one-on-one with students.