According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal profession is one of the fastest-growing occupational categories in the country. Paralegals can choose from a variety of work environments such as:
- Law offices
- Insurance companies
- Banks and bank trust departments
- Government offices and agencies
- Court systems
- Abstracting firms
The Paralegal program prepares you to become a qualified legal assistant working under the supervision of an attorney to provide a variety of legal services to clients.
Paralegals' performance is limited by legal restriction prohibiting the practice of law by non-lawyers.
Your courses are taught by attorneys who will teach you to handle key paralegal duties, such as preparing legal documents, researching the law, searching public records and assisting in trial preparation.
Did you know that the majority of the Paralegal Program can be completed online. But all paralegal courses as designated with the prefix PLG, except for internships, are taught in the traditional classroom setting at the Batavia campus.
For a complete list of requirements to apply for the Paralegal Studies program, please see our Admissions Procedure.
GCC's Paralegal Studies Program will prepare you to:
- Understand and appreciate the history of the American legal system including federal and state court systems
- Recognize the substantive and procedural law you'll encounter most frequently in the legal environment
- Become familiar with the opportunities, demands, regulations and resources available to the paralegal profession
- Distinguish and apply the ethical rules of the legal and paralegal professions including the restrictions on the practice of law
- Develop skill in legal reasoning and argument
- Acquire research and communication skills through the preparation of legal documents based on factual situations, law library searches and legal problem solving
Our program includes an internship experience that offers you a first-hand opportunity to enhance classroom knowledge through actual situations. You'll graduate from the program well-prepared for entry-level positions in a broad range of career settings.
GCC's Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association.
Paralegals are not licensed to practice law.
After getting your GCC degree, some occupations you may consider are:
- Court Reporters
- Legal Secretaries
- Legal Support Workers, All Other
- Paralegals and Legal Assistants
- Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
Please contact our Career Center for more information.
GCC has articulation agreements with:
- Daemen College
- Hilbert College
- University at Buffalo
Please contact our Transfer Center for more information.