• Paralegal Studies 

    Paralegal specialty courses are taught by experienced attorneys and LaGuardia’s program is approved by the American Bar Association.

  • Students who complete the Paralegal Studies curriculum, which is administered by the Business & Technology Department, will receive the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The Paralegal Studies curriculum has been carefully designed to balance paralegal specialty and related courses with a broad liberal arts background. Students gain valuable practical experience through internships. LaGuardia's paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association. 

    “A legal assistant or paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. (Adopted by the ABA in 1997) Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

  • In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment.

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

    Paralegals, or legal assistants, assist lawyers in a wide range of activities. Lawyers remain responsible for paralegals’ work (in general, paralegals may not themselves give legal advice, set fees or represent clients in court). In the litigation area, for example, paralegals may interview prospective clients, research the law, prepare court documents and assist at trials. Paralegals who work on corporate legal matters may prepare contracts, maintain records and ensure that a corporation has complied with various statutes and government regulations. Paralegals who work on real estate matters may prepare mortgage agreements and other documents relating to real estate transactions and assist at closings.

    While the major employers of paralegals are private law firms, there are also job opportunities with government agencies, including district attorneys’ offices, and a variety of other employers. In addition, the curriculum may be highly suitable for students who contemplate pursuing other law-related careers, such as careers in law enforcement, or who seek a broad, practical knowledge of the law for its own sake.

    ”Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.”* According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2015 annual median income for paralegals was $48,810. The top 10 percent or paralegals and legal assistants earned an average of $79,010.*

    The employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024.

     * Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm (visited September 02, 2016).

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.  

    Current Students
    Log in to the CUNY Portal
    to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. 
    Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.


    Prospective Students
    Review the Paralegal Studies Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below. 


    Selecting Flexible Core Courses 
    The courses you should take to satisfy the Pathways Flexible Core depends upon many factors, including: schools you are considering transferring to, your academic strengths and interests, and credits that you have earned from previous colleges. It is also important to note that some Pathways Flexible Core courses will also satisfy LaGuardia’s Urban Study requirement.

    We strongly recommend that you meet with a member of the advising team to decide together which courses would work best for you. Below a list of generally recommended courses based on course content and/or transferability:

    World Cultures and Global Issues

    Discipline   Course Number  Course Name
    History SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
    History SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times
    History SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500
    History SSH106 World History from 1500 to present
    History SSH110 East Asian Civilization and Societies
    History SSH232 Survey of Latin American & Caribbean History

    U.S. Experience in its Diversity

    Discipline   Course Number  Course Name
    Sociology SSN187 Urban Sociology (satisfies Urban Study requirement)

    Creative Expressions

    Discipline   Course Number  Course Name
    Communication Studies HUC106 Public Speaking

    Individual and Society

    Discipline   Course Number  Course Name
    Philosophy HUP102 Critical Thinking
    Philosophy HUP104 Ethics & Moral Issues

    Scientific World

    Discipline   Course Number  Course Name
    Philosophy HUP112 Logic & Philosophy
    Anthropology SSA100 Introduction to Anthropology

    Recommended Course Sequence

    First Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    BTF101 Freshman Seminar for Business & Technology Degree Program Core
    BTA111 Principles of Accounting I Degree Program Core
    ENG101 English Composition   Pathways Required Core 3
    BTP101 Introduction to paralegal Studies  Degree Program Core 3
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 12 

    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    Mathematics Required Core Pathways Required Core 3
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 15 

    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      Paralegal Studies (BTP) Elective Degree Program Core
    BTP205 Civil Litigation Degree Program Core 3
    Flexible Core Elective  Pathways Flexible Core 3
    ENG102 Writing though Literature Pathways Required Core 3
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 27

    First Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    BTI121 People, Work & Organizations Degree Program Core 3

    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 30 

    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    Science Required Core Pathways Required Core 3
    BTP211 Computer Applications for Paralegals Degree Program Core 3
    Paralegal Studies (BTP) Elective Degree Program Core 3
    BTM110 Business Law I Degree Program Core 3
    Session Credits 12
    Total Credits 42 

    Second Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    Flexible Elective Pathways Flexible Core 3
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 45 

    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    Paralegal Studies (BTP) Elective Degree Program Core 3
    BTM101 Introduction to Business Degree Program Core 3
      Unrestrictive Elective Degree Program Core

    Flexible Core Elective  Pathways Flexible Core 
    BTP204 Legal Research and Writing  Degree Program Core 
    Session Credits 13
    Total Credits 58

    Second Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    BTI201 Business Internship Degree Program Core 2
    Session Credits 2
    Total Credits 60

    See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.