Legal Studies A.A.S.
Discover a Career in Legal Studies
The 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 supports 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
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
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.*
View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog: Legal Studies A.A.S.
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.
Prior Felony Disclaimer
State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits Herkimer County Community College admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. After acceptance, the College shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.
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 certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the academic division office of their intended academic program.