Paralegal Certificate Program

Interested in the legal professions? Changing careers? Thinking of law school? The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at Molloy College may be the right move for you! According to the United States Department of Labor, career opportunities for paralegals show sustained growth in both the private and public sector.

The best preparation for a position as a paralegal, as a legal professional, or in a law-related field is a Bachelor's degree and coursework in legal topics. Paralegals can interview clients or witnesses, assist in trial preparation and discovery, draft legal documents and perform legal research. A paralegal works directly under the supervision and direction of an attorney and may not give legal advice or otherwise engage in the practice of law.

Molloy College encourages applicants who have earned a Bachelor's degree and have an interest in the law to apply for admission to the Paralegal Studies Program.   We are committed to providing the legal and business communities with qualified paralegals whose education encompasses the theoretical, practical, and ethical skills necessary for employment as a paralegal. The program provides students with a practical foundation in paralegal studies in order to educate students in the substantive areas of the law, a strong ethical base to guide paralegals in their duties and responsibilities, the ability to develop proficiency in both oral and written communication and marketable skills to assist students to enter into or advance in law firms, legal departments, the public sector, or other positions where knowledge of the law is essential. Molloy's Paralegal Studies Program is designed to increase the student's appreciation for the importance of law in our society, prepare students for advanced study in law and for employment as a paralegal or legal assistant.

A variety of substantive law courses make up the curriculum, with classes offered in both the day and evening. The Molloy Paralegal Studies Program encourages students to customize their studies with electives that fit their overall career goals. Several one credit courses allow students to explore different topics while facilitating flexible student scheduling.

Entrance requirements and admission
Applicants must have a minimum of 60 college credits (18 of which must be in general education), an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree.  A Bachelor's degree is strongly suggested. Candidates need to complete an application for admission and be interviewed by Dr. Judith Mathers Maloney, Director of Paralegal Studies. Click here for an admission application, call 516.323.3812 or e-mail:  jmaloney@molloy.edu.

Program requirements
Students who have completed their Bachelor's degree will qualify for a Certificate in Paralegal Studies upon completion of the required courses as outlined below:

Required courses:
CRJ 103 Introduction to Legal Studies
CRJ 302 Legal Research and Writing

Elective courses:
Elective courses and topics may include:  litigation, torts, real property, criminal law, business law, contract law, legal ethics, family law, wills, trusts and estates, criminal procedure and constitutional law.

Course schedule and plan of study
Courses are offered every semester: fall (September - December), spring (January - May) and summer (May/June-June/July) in the day and in the evening. You may start your studies at any time and, unlike many other paralegal programs, you may select the number of courses to take each semester that best suits your schedule. Click here for the current schedule of classes.

The schedule of classes comes out in our catalog which is mailed twice a year (January and July) to students who have made an inquiry or registered within the last 6 months. However, the most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on the program webpage. We will also email you reminders of the upcoming schedule if you have provided us with an email address. Request a catalog or join our mailing list.

Tuition and registration
Non-credit tuition is $165 per credit or $3,960 for the entire program. If you are taking this program on a non-credit basis you will be informed of the registration procedures upon your acceptance. If you are a Molloy student taking this program for undergraduate credit, please consult with your advisor concerning tuition rates and registration. If you are a transfer student interested in taking the program for undergraduate credit, please contact Dr. Judith Mathers Maloney, Director of Paralegal Studies. at 516.323.3812 or e-mail:  jmaloney@molloy.edu. Molloy student taking this program for undergraduate credit, please consult with your advisor concerning tuition rates and registration.

American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE)
The Paralegal Studies program at Molloy College is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education. AAfPE is the nation's largest and continuously operating organization dedicated to promoting quality paralegal education.  Part of its mission has been to establish standards by which to measure paralegal education.  The American Association for Paralegal Education is the recognized source for standards in paralegal education and the continuing development of quality teaching.

Free Seminar: Your Career As A Paralegal Professional
Interested in becoming a paralegal and not sure if this career is right for you? If so, attend one of our free career seminars. This career seminar is led by experienced professionals who will offer real advice about career and academic paths and talk about both the satisfactions and challenges of their own chosen careers.

The Paralegal Career Seminars will be offered at our Rockville Centre campus on Tuesday, January 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. or on Tuesday, May 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. The career seminars are 1 1/2 hours in length and are offered at no charge. However, you should register in advance to assure yourself of a seat.

Online registration is available by clicking here. You may also phone in your registration by calling 516-323-3550 To register in person, by fax or mail, please visit: www.molloy.edu/ce/registration and then follow the directions.

Paralegal Brochure
Download the Paralegal brochure.

Questions?
Please contact Dr. Judith Mathers Maloney, Director of Paralegal Studies at 516-323-3812 or jmaloney@molloy.edu for Legal Studies Minor/Paralegal Studies Program information.

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