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Paralegal

 

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For more information, contact the Program Coordinator Elizabeth A. Joyce at joyce@ucc.edu or 908-709-7171.

The paralegal studies program at Union County College is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of paralegal job opportunities. A paralegal is a person qualified by education, training, or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. The utilization of paralegals improves the efficiency, economy and availability of legal services.

In the Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2010-2011, the U.S. Department of Labor stated that employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. The Handbook also stated “graduation from an ABA-approved program can enhance employment opportunities.”

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

    The Associate in Applied Science Degree Option will prepare students to enter the paralegal work force with the requisite skills or to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree.
    The Certificate of Achievement Program Option will prepare students who have already earned a college degree to enter the paralegal work force with the requisite skills.  This certificate can be completed in 1 year.
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