Paralegal Certificate Program

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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.

Molloy's Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is designed to increase the student's appreciation for the importance of law in our society and to prepare students for advanced study in law or for employment as a paralegal or legal professional.  A variety of substantive law courses make up the curriculum and students are encouraged to customize their studies with electives that fit their overall career goals.

You could be on your way to a new career in as little as two semesters.  Successful completion of the required courses earns a Certificate in Paralegal Studies and the skills necessary to assist in the legal activities of law firms, businesses, corporations, financial institutions, and government offices. Students have the option to participate in pro bono programs that provide access to justice for underserved individuals.

Paralegals participate in the delivery of legal services by assisting clients and supporting attorneys in numerous ways. Graduates are capable of conducting legal research, client and witness interviewing, analyzing legal documents, drafting pleadings, and assisting with trial preparation. 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.

Career Changers can benefit from this course of study. The Paralegal Studies Program teaches legal skills that can be utilized in combination with the  student's life experience to provide a better understanding of the legal system.

For those who contemplating law school, completing the certificate in Paralegal Studies can be a way to experience the study of law without the financial burden and time commitment.

Paralegal Studies Brochure
Download the Paralegal Studies brochure. Molloy College is 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 legal professional.

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.

Entrance requirements/Admission Procedures
Applicants must have a minimum of 60 college credits (18 of which must be in general education) or an associate's or bachelor's degree.

Candidates need to complete an application for admission.  Click here for an application.

Please request your undergraduate school to submit an official transcript to:

Dr. Judith Mathers Maloney
Director, Paralegal Studies
Molloy College
Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department
1000 Hempstead Avenue - Siena Hall
Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002

After receipt of your application, you will be contacted for an in-person interview.

Please contact Dr. Judith Mathers Maloney, Director of Paralegal Studies at 516-323-3812 or

Plan of study and courses
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 work with your advisor to select the number of courses to take each semester that best suits your schedule. Click here for the Paralegal Studies Program Plan of Study which includes a complete list of required and elective courses. Completion of 21 credits according to the Plan of Study earns a Certificate in Paralegal Studies.  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
If you are taking this program on a non-credit basis you will be informed of the registration procedures upon your acceptance. Click here for tuition rates.

If you are a Molloy student taking this program for undergraduate credit, please contact Dr. Judith Mathers Maloney, Director of Paralegal Studies at for more information.

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 next Paralegal Career Seminar will be offered at our Rockville Centre campus on Tuesday, September 8 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: and then follow the directions.

Please contact Dr. Judith Mathers Maloney, Director of Paralegal Studies at 516-323-3812 or

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1000 Hempstead Avenue Siena Hall, Room 106 Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002