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PARALEGAL PROGRAM PROFILE

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Westchester Community College; Paralegal Studies Program, Valhalla, NY [By Judith Earley] Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains. In 1957, the county of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community. The college boasts approximately 12,000 full-time and part-time students. Add to that another 8,000 continuing education students. Additionally, at least 98% of Westchester faculty members hold postgraduate degrees in their fields. The student to faculty ratio is about 16:1.

The school, which is the largest in

comprehensive, intensive, and hands-

other graduates have changed careers and

Westchester County, is celebrating its 60th

on training for students seeking careers

graduated from Cambridge University and the

anniversary of providing academic excellence.

as paralegals and/or legal assistants.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

There are more than 50 associate degrees and

Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Litigation, On the Net:

certificate programs offered at Westchester

Legal Research and Writing, Computer

Community College in 36 subject areas.

Applications for the Law Office, and Paralegal

Additionally, there are certificate programs

Internship are the five mandatory core

Westchester Community College

generally requiring between 15 to 33 credits

classes. In addition to these, paralegal

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offered in 20 career fields.

students will select five other electives within the program to complete their legal assistant

Valhalla, NY

education.

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Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Shrub

The paralegal studies program has students

New York University

Oak, Mahopac, Ossining, Tuckahoe, and

ranging in age from 17- to 75-years-old. For

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Port Chester. Art workshops are offered on

students who are considering the jump to law

campuses in Peekskill and White Plains.

school, the program offers an excellent pre-

Westchester main campus is located in Valhalla with extension campuses in New

law education and many graduates do go on to The paralegal studies program at Westchester

enroll in law school programs at universities

Community College is approved by The

around the state, such as Columbia University,

American Bar Association and offers

New York University, and Pace University. Still

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The Paralegal Studies Program at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY