Paralegal Studies

The Division of Business and Legal Studies

About the Program

The American Bar Association (ABA) approved Paralegal Studies Program at TCI College can prepare you for an exciting career in the field of law. With guidance from experienced attorneys and ample hands-on opportunities, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree can help you stand out as a paralegal, a field that’s predicted to grow as the demand for cost-effective legal services increases.

This two-year program can help you achieve your professional and educational goals with a comprehensive curriculum and:

  • Flexible day and evening scheduling that enables you to fulfill your classroom requirements in as little as three days a week.
  • Dedicated, leading-edge resources including LexisNexis computer-assisted legal research access/training and a dedicated paralegal studies law library on campus.
  • Hands-on practical assignments. You will learn how to read, analyze and brief a court case, write memoranda of law, draft pleadings essential to litigation and assist in case management.
  • Individual attention with small classes taught by practicing attorneys.
  • Networking opportunities through TCI College’s paralegal club, moot court competitions, class trips and student law review.
  • Access to financial aid that can help make earning your paralegal studies degree more affordable than you may think.

Advance your Career—or Your Education
TCI College graduates who earn their associate degree in paralegal studies not only go on to become paralegals, they also become legal assistants and secretaries or use the understanding of law they gain to enhance their careers in such fields as real estate, banking and human resources. Others go on to continue their education at leading four-year colleges that share TCI’s New York State Board of Regents State or Middle States Commission on Higher Education Regional Accreditations.

TCI paralegal studies major Shay Mc’Lennon is a single mother and pharmacy technician from Westchester who wants to show her daughter that “beauty and freedom come from loving yourself.” President of the TCI Paralegal Association for three years, Shay is graduating May 2016. She hopes to become a paralegal at a corporation with a more “casual” culture so she can have a good work/life balance.

How did you know TCI was the right school for you? Initially, I was browsing schools that offered a computer technology program, and TCI kept popping up. So I clicked it. I filled out a form to receive more information. Less than five minutes later, I received a call from my admissions counselor to set up an appointment and tour the school. I decided on TCI because, unlike most schools, TCI offers a degree in paralegal studies instead of just certification.

How would you like to apply the skills you learned at TCI toward your future employment? Depending on what branch of law I end up in working in, I will be able to apply many of the skills I have learned at TCI. English taught me to organize and analyze my words and thoughts. As a paralegal, you deal with a lot of paperwork so I would feel prepared. All of my paralegal classes have taught me how to brief cases, apply laws and actually know the laws that I am applying.

What experience here has helped you grow most? Commitments to the school have helped me grow as an individual the most. I joined the Paralegal Association and ran for chief of staff my second semester. The Paralegal Association has helped me to organize my thoughts, network, and learn time management. I have gotten to know my professors and they have gotten to know me. I will be graduating as the first student to be president of the Paralegal Association for three consecutive semesters.

What is the best class project that you have worked on? The best class project I have ever had was in legal research and writing during my fall 2015 semester. The final is moot court, which is a simulation of a court case. The class is randomly divided between the plaintiff and the defendant. There is a lot of research that goes into preparing for your case and applying laws. It was the best experience.

What is your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment hasn’t happened yet. It will be graduating. I struggled for a long time to get to where I am now and it will be the most fulfilling moment to receive my diploma with my daughter at my side.

About the Program

The American Bar Association (ABA) approved Paralegal Studies Program at TCI College can prepare you for an exciting career in the field of law. With guidance from experienced attorneys and ample hands-on opportunities, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree can help you stand out as a paralegal, a field that’s predicted to grow as the demand for cost-effective legal services increases.

This two-year program can help you achieve your professional and educational goals with a comprehensive curriculum and:

  • Flexible day and evening scheduling that enables you to fulfill your classroom requirements in as little as three days a week.
  • Dedicated, leading-edge resources including LexisNexis computer-assisted legal research access/training and a dedicated paralegal studies law library on campus.
  • Hands-on practical assignments. You will learn how to read, analyze and brief a court case, write memoranda of law, draft pleadings essential to litigation and assist in case management.
  • Individual attention with small classes taught by practicing attorneys.
  • Networking opportunities through TCI College’s paralegal club, moot court competitions, class trips and student law review.
  • Access to financial aid that can help make earning your paralegal studies degree more affordable than you may think.

Advance your Career—or Your Education
TCI College graduates who earn their associate degree in paralegal studies not only go on to become paralegals, they also become legal assistants and secretaries or use the understanding of law they gain to enhance their careers in such fields as real estate, banking and human resources. Others go on to continue their education at leading four-year colleges that share TCI’s New York State Board of Regents State or Middle States Commission on Higher Education Regional Accreditations.

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