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Legal Studies Program

Whether you are interested in a career as a Paralegal or preparing to apply for Law School, our Legal Studies Certificate program will help you achieve your goal.

Please click here for a complete program brochure.
A Combined Certificate in Legal Studies and Legal Assistant is also available. Click here for more information.

Program Objectives

  • To encourage students to continue one's education in law, either by preparing the student for applying to and attending law school or for developing a paralegal career.
  • To encourage and nurture educational growth in love and knowledge of law, comfort level in the study of law, and belief of one's own opportunities and potential.
  • To provide attention and mentoring, for as much or as little as needed.
  • To appreciate that students are self-motivated and are investing both time and resources to be in the program; that they are already balancing both a home life and work life prior to entering the program.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Is this program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)? What does ABA approval mean? The ABA, for a fee, approves programs that meet certain standards relating to how a program is administered. Most ABA approved paralegal programs are credit based, associate degree level. Pursuing ABA approval would have forced us to increase the price of our tuition and expand our course offerings to meet ABA requirements. Although our Legal Studies and Legal Assistant programs are not ABA-approved, we have an excellent reputation for offering high quality non-credit, continuing education courses that prepare students for paralegal jobs in a short amount of time and at an affordable price which is our commitment to our students. Our graduates have reported success even without ABA approval of our program. 

Note: Prospective students should be aware that some employers do require training from an ABA-approved program

Registration and Tuition:
This certificate consists of 5 required courses and 3 electives.  The tuition is $3700 plus one time $20 registration fee, or you can register for each course individually for $500 with a $20 registration fee per semester. To register online for courses please click on the Course Browser/Registration.

Note for those registering online: Please call our office at 212.650.3850 to select classes you are taking per semester.   Please be aware that you are registering for the certificate and that you still need to call/come in to the office to choose the classes. If you wish to do a Payment Plan, please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.

Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.

Spring 2014 SemesterDayTimeDate
Drafting Legal Instruments Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm 4/1-4/29; Skips 6/10

Torts Thursday 6:00-9:00pm 3/27-4/24
Constitutional Law
Monday 6:00-9:00pm 4/7-5/5
Thursday 6:00-9:00pm 4/17-5/15
Summer 2014 Semester Day Time Date
Introduction to Law Thursday 6-9pm 6/5-7/3
Drafting Legal Instruments Tuesday 6-9pm 5/27-7/1; Skips 6/10
Contracts Monday 6-9pm 6/30-7/28
Litigation Wednesday 6-9:45pm 6/11-7/2
Torts Thursday 6-9pm 7/17-8/14
Business Law for Small Business Owners Wednesday 6-9pm 6/11-7/9
Family-Based Immigration Law Tuesday 6-9pm 6/11-7/9
Bridge to Law School Wednesday 6-9pm 7/16-8/13

Program Requirements (8 courses):

  • Introduction to Law
  • Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Drafting Legal Instruments
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Students choose 3 electives to complete the program from offerings such as: Torts, Criminal Law, Landlord and Tenant, Real Property, Domestic Relations, Corporations, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Arbitration and Mediation, Wills and Estates, Federal Practice.

Not every elective course is given every term; usually there will be a choice of three electives a term. Courses may be added or dropped from time to time. Please review the course catalog for the current semester’s offerings and course descriptions.

Ellen Sandhaus, a graduate of our Legal Studies Program, says "I never would have applied or gotten an interview for my new paralegal job at the Legal Aid Society if I hadn’t taken Legal Research and Writing and Drafting Legal Instruments."

After having successfully completed the program, the student receives a certificate issued by Continuing Education as well as a transcript. Additionally, a transcript is kept on file for 7 years in the Continuing Education office.

Advanced Certificate

From time to time the program may offer advanced courses in a series of semesters which, along with basic electives, may constitute an Advanced Paralegal Program. Students are eligible for an Advanced Certificate if they have completed the Basic Program and then take 3 additional electives. Students with paralegal certificates from other programs or with extensive paralegal backgrounds may also be eligible for admission at the discretion of the director.

Combined Certificate in Legal Studies and Legal Assistant $4700

Students who obtain the Combined Certificate in Legal Assistant and Legal Studies will have a much broader knowledge of the legal field and will be more marketable. These legal skills can be used to pursue a career as Legal Assistant or Paralegal in law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, banks, legal aid societies, and federal and state courts. Tuition for this program is $4700 and consists of 6 required courses and 6 electives for a total of 183 hours of study.

Note for those registering online: Please call our office at 212.650.3850 to select classes you are taking per semester.   Please be aware that you are registering for the certificate and that you still need to call/come in to the office to choose the classes. If you wish to do a Payment Plan, please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Required Courses: Introduction to Law, Legal Research and Writing, Drafting Legal Instruments, Litigation, Contracts, English Writing for International Legal Profession

Elective Course Options: Excel 1 and 2, Accounting, Bookkeeping and Budgeting, and choice from Legal Studies elective course offerings. Please see the Legal Studies program brochure for the complete list of electives offered.


Course Status
If enrollment for a course does not reach a required level, the course will be canceled. However, when maximum enrollment is reached, the course will be closed immediately and the names of interested registrants will be put on a wait list and notified on a “first come” basis if an opening occurs. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Students’ progress is measured through examinations, research and writing assignments, and classroom participation. A grade of A, B, or C is required in each course certification. A passing grade is 73=C.

Attendance Requirements
Students are required to attend all the classes and be on time. If absence occurs, the student is responsible for making up missed assignments. The instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each student.

Retake Policy for Certificate Program
*  A student may drop a class only before the start of the first meeting. A class may not be dropped after the first class meeting has occurred. No refund will be given.
*  If for any reason a student does not complete a class, the class will be treated as a failure. In this case, the Retake Policy will apply.
*  The Retake Policy allows a student to retake the failed class free of charge within a period of one year. This privilege can be exercised only ONCE for the duration of the certificate program.
* If a student believes that his or her circumstances warrant special consideration in the case of a dropped or uncompleted class, please state the reason in writing and send to the Assoc. Dir. of CE, whose decision on the matter will be final.

Completed all required courses? Request your Certificate, Transcript and Completion Letter via the Certificate/Completion Letter Request Form.

Continuing Education’s certification programs are offered for no college credit. A Certificate is awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements explained in the CE bulletin.

Continuing Education Certificate Programs are part-time non-credited courses and therefore we do not issue student visas.  To apply for a student visa, students must be enrolled in a full-time credited college program or an ESL studies program.  For more information on Continuing Education's ESL program please click here: International English Language Institute
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