Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
QUEENS COLLEGE LAUNCHES PARALEGAL PROGRAM AT LEHMAN
FLUSHING, NY, September 19, 2007 -- This fall, Bronx residents can enroll in the Queens College/CEP Paralegal Studies Program without leaving their home borough. Queens has won approval from the American Bar Association—which awards accreditation to paralegal programs—to provide training at a secondary site on the Lehman College campus. Lehman’s own program closed last June
“We are very excited about this opportunity to participate in CUNY’s initiative to establish joint ventures between CUNY colleges and, at the same time, make a top-notch paralegal program available to the Bronx community,” says Sharon Shulman, an attorney who is the education coordinator of the program, which is part of the Continuing Education Program (CEP) at Queens College. Graduates of the Queens/CEP Paralegal Studies program have a promising future; the U.S. Department of Labor expects growth in this field to exceed the national average for all occupations.
The first four Queens/CEP Paralegal courses at Lehman, held in pairs of back-to-back sessions on Saturdays and Sundays, will begin the weekend of October 13, 2007, and continue through early to mid-December, depending on the class. The schedule includes Introduction to the Law and Ethics, Legal Writing for Paralegals, Legal Research, and Litigation I. These classes are essential for paralegal certification, which involves completion of five required courses and seven electives.
The program will resume in the Bronx the first weekend of January 2008 with another four classes: Litigation II—the fifth mandatory course—and electives in Personal Injury Torts & Insurance Law, Contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code, and Criminal Law. Additional options will be available at the Queens College campus; students may attend classes at both sites.
The faculty and advisory board of this certificate program include prominent judges, attorneys and paralegals. Approved for veteran’s benefits, the program offers students career counseling, placement assistance, and an internship elective, which provides on-the-job paralegal experience.
For more information about courses and locations, as well as application forms, visit the Queens College Web site, www.qc.cuny.edu/cep, or call the college at 718-997-5709.