Paralegal Studies

The Paralegal Studies program at Daemen College offers a Bachelor's of Science degree, a Certificate for Daemen students, and a post-graduate Certificate  for adults who already have a Bachelor's degree.

Daemen's Paralegal Studies program is one of the newest and most innovative programs in Western New York, offering a wide range of in-depth courses, field trips, service learning in the refugee community, and a variety of internships in the Buffalo area.

The Paralegal Studies courses, from legal research and writing to real estate, provide concentrated, in-depth training in critical thinking and legal research, legal writing, and legal argument. The Paralegal Studies program prepares you for the legal field, as well as fields in which critical analysis is valued. This is not a clerical program. 

Did you know

  • That a four year degree in Paralegal Studies can prepare you for many different types of careers, from owning a small business, to being an advocate for domestic violence victims to being part of a team that helps with exciting trials at local law firms.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for paralegals will continue to grow at a rate of 18% from 2010 to 2020. Paralegal work is less likely to be offshored than other legal work because:
    • Paralegals routinely file and store important documents and work with lawyers to gather documents for important transactions, hearings, and depositions. They frequently handle documents and take statements, which must be done in person

What makes it great?

  • Up to date instruction in legal research at the University at Buffalo Law School and with the newest version of the premier legal database WestlawNext.
  • Instructors that are practicing attorneys in their fields. Our instructors include a City Court judge, a former law school professor, and top litigators from the New York State Attorney Generals office and local law firms.
  • In fact, one graduate has stated The best thing about the program is the instructors. See Student Profile of Jeremiah Pedro.
  • Classes that emphasize writing and problem-solving. Majors take a three course sequence in legal research and writing in which they learn the basics of legal reasoning and legal argument, they write a variety of legal documents, and which culminates in a senior thesis project.


Margaret PhillipsParalegal Program Director Margaret Phillips, JD would be happy to answer them

“Paralegal Studies offers students the opportunity to learn how to think critically, and to learn the basics of legal writing, legal research, and legal argument. These skills are relevant to every profession and to everyday life.”

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

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