The American Bar Association House of Delegates recently granted approval to the Paralegal Studies Program at Daemen College. The term of approval is for a period of seven years and makes Daemen’s program one of two ABA-approved programs in Western New York.
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. Majors learn legal reasoning and legal argument and apply this knowledge when writing a variety of legal documents, culminating in a senior thesis project.The Paralegal Studies program prepares you for the legal field, as well as fields in which critical analysis is valued. For additional information, please read our, "What is a Paralegal" page.
We have 100% placement of our graduates! Our graduates have continued on to law school or now have jobs as paralegals at top law firms, courts, and the federal government. Students that were not interested in working in the legal profession have obtained positions in corporations such as banks, colleges, and insurance companies.
- Our instructors are practicing attorneys in their fields, including a City Court judge, a former law school professor, and top litigators from the New York State Attorney General's office and local law firms.
- Faculty help students secure internships at prominent legal offices such as Hodgson Russ and the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
- Students will learn to:
- Write legal documents such as a summons and complaint, interrogatories, or a memo of law
- Interview clients, listen to their stories and identify the facts that are legally relevant
- Read cases and write case briefs
- Perform legal research at the U.B. Law Library and with the premier legal database used at law schools and in the legal profession
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About Our Program
When it comes to business, the law is everywhere. Whether it’s new health care regulations, tax law, or personnel issues, legal issues are prevalent. Future business leaders will need the ability to spot key issues that requires attorney advice. This is true whether you work in real estate, banking, insurance, or a not-for-profit. You can combine Paralegal Studies and Business in many ways: double-majoring, majoring in Paralegal Studies with a Business minor, or majoring in Business with a Paralegal Studies Certificate.
Our business students now have the opportunity to gain that important legal education through our Paralegal Studies program. Students will learn the foundations of the legal system, and also have the opportunity to take Paralegal Studies electives such as Business and Corporate Law, Administrative Law, and Contracts. There are also opportunities for a Paralegal Studies Internship in which you would work under the supervision of an attorney; this could be at an in-house counsel’s office of a local corporation or for an attorney that advises business corporations or helps groups form their own not-for-profit.
Your advisors will help you fit both subject areas in your schedule, and you will see your opportunities for internships and jobs increase.
Paralegal training coupled with a deep understanding of sustainability leads to innovative thinking about policy for a more sustainable future. Legal firms need to help clients anticipate and respond to changing environmental policies as well as take advantage of funding opportunities for sustainable development and renewable energy investment. Modern companies and nonprofits need an understanding of legal issues that we face as we seek solutions to social justice and environmental issues.
Our competency-based core curriculum linked with sustainability coursework and paralegal training and certification will prepare you for existing careers and those that have not yet become mainstream. You will gain the skills sought by employers--strong interpersonal and communication skills, effective teamwork, creative and critical thinking and problem-solving. Your project-based experiences locally and globally will give you insight for new approaches and understanding cultural differences while honing your skills at listening, speaking and taking action.
This program can typically be completed in four years with semesters of 15-17 credits (123 credits total), depending on your previous language experience. The Sustainability major requires an international experience which can be completed during the summer or as part of a semester exchange. Our Global Studies Office can work with you to find a program that best fits your interests and timing.
Paralegal skills can prepare you for many different jobs in many different places, such as courts, the legislature, insurance companies, employment agencies, nonprofits, or health insurance agencies. With paralegal skills, you can be a small business owner or work for a legal software company. This four-year program prepares you for work in the legal community and law-related professions, or to pursue graduate studies in law, government, business, information science and other fields.
*Paralegals assist attorneys in legal research, writing, and case investigation. Paralegals cannot provide legal advice to the public except as authorized by law.
Bar association administrator
Claims adjuster, administrator, appraiser, examiner and investigator
Compliance and enforcement inspector
Conflicts analyst or specialist
Design/developer of trial visual aids
Editor for a legal or business publisher
Equal employment opportunity specialist
Human right investigator
Legal software representative
Litigation support specialist
Loan closing coordinator
Loan coordinator for bank
Loan interviewer and clerk
Occupational health and safety specialist and technician
Patent database administrator
Real estate agent, broker or assistant
Daemen Student Receives Paralegal Scholarship
Daemen College student Stefan Foster has received a $500 scholarship from the Western New York Paralegal Association. A Trustee Scholar, Foster is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies with a minor in composition and writing and is a member of the college’s Paralegal Club. READ MORE
*Paralegals assist attorneys in legal research, writing, and case investigation. Paralegals cannot provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
For more information, contact Program Director, Margaret Phillips, J.D.