Paralegal Studies Program
Working in the Center of America's Legal System-
Paralegal, lawyer's assistant and legal assistant are all titles used interchangeably to describe individuals who work side-by-side and under the supervision of attorneys in the practice of law.
Whether in the office, in the library or in court, paralegals are active in nearly every aspect of law. Your job responsibilities can include interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting and processing legal documents, and conducting legal research.
Who Should Consider this Program?
FDU's Paralegal Studies Program can be an ideal course of study for you if you are:
|Interested in the legal profession and the challenges it offers;|
|Looking for practical skills to enhance your liberal arts degree and launch your professional career;|
|Seeking additional training for a career change or job promotion;|
|Considering law school, but are uncertain about the time and the financial resources it requires; or|
|Ready to return to the work force and obtain a position in a high demand field.|
Unlimited Career Options
The employment outlook for paralegals is excellent. The U.S. Department of Labor ranks Paralegals as one of the "fastest growing occupations" and projects a 82% growth rate in the paralegal profession through the year 2008. Employment opportunities for paralegal professionals are plentiful in law firms, and are increasing in corporate legal departments, banks, insurance companies, brokerage firms, government agencies and a wide variety of businesses.
Preparation as a paralegal can open the doors to a wide range of career options. Many paralegals use the professional experience and practical working skills they gain on the job to advance to managerial-level positions as paralegal supervisors and legal administrators. Others apply their knowledge to their work in such fields as banking and personnel, including trust officers and human resources managers. Others find that their paralegal experience paves the way into law school and a career as an attorney. (Some students even help defray the cost of law school by working as a paralegal while attending classes - gaining professional valuable contacts in the process.)
Approved by The American Bar Association
When choosing a Paralegal Program, always look for approval by the American Bar Association. The American Bar Association takes an active role in establishing professional standards for legal assistants and gives its approval to qualified paralegal training programs.
FDU's Paralegal Studies Program received its initial American Bar Association approval in 1990 and its re-approval in 2001.
1. Two Attractive and Easy-to-Reach Locations
The Program is offered on Fairleigh Dickinson University's two northern New Jersey Campuses:
Metropolitan Campus - Teaneck: Located in Bergen County, just five miles from the George Washington Bridge.
College at Florham - Madison Campus: Near historic Morristown and many of Morris county's leading corporate centers.
2. Convenient Day or Evening Programs that Allow You to Study or Work Full-Time
You can complete FDU's Paralegal Day Program in five months. Classes meet Monday through Friday mornings.
The Evening Program is designed to accommodate students who wish to continue full-time employment during the course of the program. About ten months in duration, the program meets for three-hour sessions twice a week and approximately two Saturdays each month.
3. Instruction by Accomplished Professionals
The faculty of FDU's Paralegal Studies program is comprised of experienced attorneys who specialize in the area of law which they are teaching. Many are associated with some of the leading legal and corporate firms in the region.
4. Opportunities for On-the-Job Experience
An optional professional internship is available to students enrolled in the Day Program which provides practical hands-on experience that supplements classroom lectures and reading. Internships are available with law firms and government agencies in New Jersey. The employer selects interns and arranges work schedules.
5. Counseled by a Leading Board of Advisors
The quality of the Paralegal Studies Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University is greatly enhanced by a distinguished Board of Advisors. The Board is instrumental in adapting the latest developments in the legal field to FDU's curriculum and in providing continued input on employment opportunities. Its members also serve as important contacts for securing the finest faculty and lecturers available.