Paralegal

*Course Information is subject to change. The latest information will always be provided in our College Catalog.

PL100: Tort - CREDITS: 3

Torts is the study of civil wrongs and differs from criminal or contract law. This course covers the three primary categories, namely: intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability. Students draft pleadings and discovery documents and complete the semester with a portfolio of documents prepared in anticipation of litigation.


PL110: Real Estate Law - CREDITS: 3

This course covers both Real Property and Personal Property Law. However, the emphasis is on New York State Real Property Law which will prepare the student to work in a real estate law firm. Students will become familiar with contracts of sale and closing documents used regularly by real estate law firms, as well as Landlord-Tenant petitions and ancillary court documents.


PL120: Legal Research, Analysis and Writing - CREDITS: 3

Paralegals need to know how and where to find case law and statutes which support and benefit clients’ specific cases. This course familiarizes students with the Lexis legal database and teaches them how to find, read, and understand cases and statutes and write persuasive written briefs. The semester culminates with an oral Moot Court Competition judged by faculty where students present their positions and field questions based upon their presentations.


PL130: Law office Practice and Management - CREDITS: 3

Law Office Management is the study of how law firms work and the role paralegals play in an organized, orderly, and financially sound law practice. In this course, we spend considerable time reviewing and discussing ethical rules binding upon attorneys and paralegals, including the “attorney-client privilege,” “work product doctrine,” “unauthorized practice of law,” and obligation of confidentiality. We also review typical tasks assigned to paralegals by their supervising attorneys, including: meeting with clients, drafting documents, conducting legal research, and preparing files for trial. Billing, timekeeping, calendaring important dates, and familiarity with legal software and technology are important skills for successful paralegals. Throughout the course, we read Dale Carnegie’s book: How to Win Friends and Influence People and learn how to effectively communicate and succeed in both business and personal interactions. One of the simplest ways to achieve positive interpersonal results is to smile when you greet people which tells others you are happy to see them and open to working with them.


PL140: Immigration Law and Procedures - CREDITS: 3

This course teaches students about the policies of the United States regarding immigration. Students will learn about the different types of visas and general forms needed by non-citizens and used in immigration law firms. Students will be trained on the rules and procedures for filing for asylum, temporary workers, students, investors, permanent residence and citizenship. Ethics and the practice of law as a non-lawyer will be heavily emphasized in this course.


PL150: Probate Prepation for Estates - CREDITS: 3

This course focuses on New York State Estate Planning and Administration laws, statutes, and procedures, as well as practice in the Surrogate’s Courts in both testate and intestate situations. Students become familiar with estate planning tools (including advance directives and trusts) and court forms and rules involved in the administration of a decedent’s estate.


PL160: Business Organization - CREDITS: 3

This course focuses on the formation of business entities and the advantages and disadvantages of each structure.


PL170: Family Law - CREDITS: 3

In this always evolving field candidates will gain a general understanding of what is needed specifically for a paralegal working in a Family Law practice including, but not limited to, drafting, pleading in a divorce action, forms needed for adoptions, different types of families and their needs within the Court systems.


PL180: Intellectual Property - CREDITS: 3

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive view of Intellectual Property (IP) law, including: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights. Emphasis will be placed on the preparation of documentation regarding the protection of thoughts, inventions, ideas, symbols, music, 3-D works and literary works. In addition topractical, hands-on instruction for preparing and filling out the forms required to secure protection for clients, students are first provided with an overview of the protection afforded by these areas of the law. Students will be trained on how to prepare and record assignments of rights, and prepare and file other routine documentation that is required to protect intellectual property rights. Students will also become familiarized with the entire application process for patents, trademarks and copyrights as well as post-registration procedures for each.


PL296: Law Office Internship I - CREDITS: 3

All Paralegal students in their last semester of studies must complete a 135-hour Internship during the course of the semester at a participating law firm under the supervision of an attorney. Students gain substantive legal experience in the specialty area and location of their choice and gain practical knowledge which also bolsters their resumes.


PL297: Law Office Internship II - CREDITS: 3

This internship involves a written agreement between the College and an employing law office. Supervised and mentored by an attorney, students achieve skills that are developed and documented by the College. This internship will give students an opportunity to expand on their ability to apply a broad range of legal concepts to changing fact patterns.