The program trains students in the core legal content areas—torts; property/real estate law, contracts; wills, trusts and estates; legal research and writing; civil procedure and litigation; criminal law; family law; and legal ethics.

As a graduate you’ll be able to apply the ethical rules and aspirations governing the legal profession to specific factual scenarios, conduct legal research on defined issues via computer-assisted and manual methods, and prepare drafts of legal memoranda and select pleadings pertinent to various legal content areas.

Upon completion of the certificate program you’ll be prepared to work as a paralegal/legal assistant in law firms, District Attorney's Offices, Public Defender's Offices, business, governmental agencies, or other settings where paralegals are utilized.


View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Herkimer College offers a quality and affordable educational experience.

Cost Of Attendance

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Career opportunities await

Employment is available in law firms, district attorney and public defender offices, businesses, governmental agencies, and other settings where paralegals are utilized. The program’s focus is on acquiring training in the core legal content areas such as torts, property/real estate law, contracts, wills, trusts, estates, legal research and writing, civil procedure and litigation, criminal law, family law, and legal ethics. This certificate program is designed for those who seek employment in terminal paralegal positions and do not intend to pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree in the near future.

Online Learning

The Paralegal Studies Certificate program may also be completed entirely online through our Internet Academy. We offer the same level of care and service to online students as we do to on-campus students. All necessary services are accessible online, including registration, placement testing, bill payment, tutoring, book purchasing, and academic advisement.

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