According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018; much faster than the average for all occupations. Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, making them more useful to businesses.*
Briarcliffe College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree program in Paralegal Studies. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a background enabling them to assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. The program has been developed to provide students with a solid base in the discipline that affords a balance of theory and application, while allowing them to explore one or more specialty areas corresponding to their particular career ambitions. To learn more about this curriculum and how far you can go in the paralegal field, please click on the link below.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Institutional Accreditation: Briarcliffe College is accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation.
Programmatic Accreditation: The Paralegal Studies program is not programmatically accredited.
The New York State Board of Regents also authorizes Briarcliffe to offer Diploma, Associate degree and Bachelor's degree programs.
*Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Occupational Outlook Handbook" 2010-11 Edition http://www.bls.gov/ (visited February 3, 2010). This is a national projection. Conditions in your location may vary.
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