Legal Studies A.A.S.


Discover a Career in Legal Studies

Herkimer College’s Legal Studies program prepares you for positions in law offices, banks, real estate firms, brokerage houses, federal, state and local government agencies, and other institutions requiring employees with legal training. Responsibilities include assisting an attorney in legal research, the preparation of documents for hearings or trial, and other support services.

As a graduate, you'll be prepared to:

  • Interview a client and gather a case history
  • Conduct both independent and directed legal research and fact gathering activities
  • Draft pleadings, bills of particulars, motions, wills, contracts, memorandums of law, and other commonly encountered legal documents
  • Perform standard filing and recording procedures
  • Summarize documents in a case file

Featured Faculty

Mark Polkosnik

At Herkimer, we say that we ‘meet students where they are.’ So, we get a very diverse student body which has a wide range of talent – both academic and extracurricular – and we develop this talent. I think that Herkimer embraces the ‘whole student’ concept and we offer lots of opportunities for students to get involved. This is critical since students learn and develop as much (if not more) outside of the classroom as in. The college’s size is perfect for promoting student involvement and I think we do an excellent job engaging our students.  Read More...

- Dr. Mark C. Polkosnik, Associate Professor of Law


College Catalog

View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog: Legal Studies A.A.S.


Transfer Agreements

Below is a list of transfer agreements we have established (for our Legal Studies A.A.S. Program) with four-year colleges & universities to provide a seamless transfer of credits.

Programs also offered online are denoted by asterisk.*


Job Opportunities

Legal Studies graduates find employment in law offices, administrative agencies, boards and commissions on the local, state and federal levels, district attorney offices, offices within the state and federal court systems, as well as abstract and title companies, bank trust departments, insurance companies and corporate legal departments.


Online Learning

Online Legal Studies A.A.S. Degree

The Legal Studies A.A.S. degree program is internet accessible and may be completed entirely online. Learn how!


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Prior Felony Disclaimer

Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Criminal History

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of this program. For more information, read the Policy Regarding Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Felony Conviction.