Paralegal Studies, B.S.

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95 percent of our recent graduates were employed, or attending law school or graduate school within six months of graduation.

Learn about legal research, writing and argument with Daemen’s prestigious ABA approved paralegal program.

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Program Benefits

  • Daemen offers the only ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program in Western New York.
  • The American Bar Association, the same body that accredits law schools, granted approval to our paralegal studies program, making it one of two ABA approved programs in Western New York.
  • Daemen students perform legal research on premier databases like Westlaw Edge. 
  • Students are taught by the Socratic Method, similar to the law school classroom. Experienced attorneys and instructors act as mentors to students and assist with career preparation and job placement.
  • Internships involve substantive legal work and our paralegal clinic allows students to work in family or housing court.
  • Students visit the Buffalo City Court, New York State Supreme Court, and U.S. District Court.
  • Students shadow attorneys and paralegals and network with the local legal community.
  • Majors learn legal reasoning and legal argument and apply this knowledge when writing a variety of legal documents, culminating in a senior thesis project.
  • Scholarship opportunities are available through the Western New York Paralegal Association and the Lambda Epsilon Chi Honor Society.  
Paralegal Certificate

Undergraduate Daemen students or any student with a four-year degree can pursue our paralegal studies certificate, which can be completed in as little as two semesters.

Most classes are offered at night to accommodate the working professional. The program includes internships, our legal clinic, trips to courts and legal offices, and hearing from guest speakers.

Students have free access to Westlaw, the premier legal database used in law schools, courts, and law firms.

Career Outlook

95% Placement of our GraduatesParalegals assist attorneys in legal research, writing, and case investigation in a variety of settings, including:

  • Large corporate or small law firm 
  • Labor law firm
  • Corporation in-house counsel
  • Real estate 
  • Health care fields
  • Intellectual property 
  • Litigation 
  • Criminal law
  • State and federal courts, agencies, and prosecutors' offices 

Additional popular career options include

  • Arbitrator
  • Bar association administrator
  • Claims adjuster, administrator, appraiser, examiner and investigator
  • Compliance and enforcement inspector
  • Corrections officer
  • Court clerk, interpreter or reporter
  • Court reporter
  • Equal employment opportunity specialist
  • Evidence technician
  • Grant writer
  • Human rights investigator
  • Judicial assistant
  • Law clerk
  • Legal analyst
  • Probation officer

Program Specifics

*Paralegals assist attorneys in legal research, writing and case investigation. Paralegals cannot provide legal advice to the public except as authorized by law.

*All students receiving a Paralegal Certificate or a B.S. in Paralegal Studies must take at least 9 credits of synchronous instruction.