Paralegal Program

Overview and Outcomes
The Marist Paralegal Program offers organized and comprehensive training in the theory, information, and
skills required to qualify as a legal assistant, in accordance with the guidelines established by the American
Bar Association. The program reflects the context of the College's educational goals and its commitment to
a liberal arts, humanist, value-oriented curriculum. Our program meets its objective in a number of ways.
Faculty in the program are drawn from Marist faculty and from practicing lawyers and law office administrators
in the Mid-Hudson area. The program encourages a generalist orientation among its students, while stressing
specific competency in a paralegal studies.

Upon graduation, students will be capable of functioning in all the required areas of study. A real estate closing,
a simple will, a divorce proceeding, a memorandum of law utilizing research tools, and civil trial pleading are but
some of the tasks our graduates understand and can complete. Additionally, our students gain an understanding
of legal theory that enables them to grow in the profession. Successful completion of the program therefore qualifies
graduates to serve the many legal needs of the Mid-Hudson River Valley region, while contributing to the
advancement of the legal profession.

Program Requirements
The program combines required paralegal courses with general education courses. Program matriculates may
satisfy the generalist requirements by having a baccalaureate degree, by being enrolled in the College's baccalaureate
program contemporaneously with enrollment in the Paralegal Program, or by having at least 36 general education
college credits. Students acquire competency in paralegal studies by being required to complete successfully
the following courses:

  • PRLG 101 Introduction to Law
  • PRLG 210 Introduction to Legal Research and Writing
  • PRLG 311 Family Law
  • PRLG 312 Criminal Law
  • PRLG 313 Real Property and Title Search
  • PRLG 380 Business Law I
  • PRLG 420 Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • PRLG 422 Civil Litigation and Practice.

The Paralegal Certificate
In order to receive the Paralegal Certificate, undergraduates accepted into the Paralegal Program are required to
matriculate and pursue a major field of study leading to the baccalaureate degree. The certificate will be awarded
after a student has completed all of the course requirements in paralegal studies (24 credits) and at least 36
additional credit hours toward the Marist baccalaureate degree. Students already holding baccalaureate degrees
are eligible to receive the Paralegal Certificate upon completion of the paralegal course requirement (24 credits).
For additional information, please see the School of Professional Programs' description of the Paralegal Certificate.

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

The Paralegal Certificate Program is approved by the American Bar Association.

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