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Paralegal Studies

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Start your career as a paralegal at Brookdale! Prepare for work as a paralegal working under the supervision of a lawyer in a law office, government, corporate, or other private sector legal settings.

The program offers both day and evening classes, full- and part-time enrollment, personal attention, and small classes – all designed to help you succeed.

The New Jersey State Bar Association defines a paralegal/ legal assistant as “an individual qualified through education, training or work experience who is retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity to perform, under the direction and supervision of a lawyer, specifically delegated substantive legal work, which for the most part requires sufficient knowledge of legal concepts and which, absent the paralegal or legal assistant, would be performed by a lawyer.”

You will be able to:

  • Examine the concepts and principles of substantive and procedural law
  • Demonstrate information literacy using electronic and other sources to conduct legal research
  • Utilize legal software programs and other applications to draft legal documents
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional responsibility

The Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., in its Preamble, provides that it is the responsibility of every paralegal/legal assistant to adhere strictly to the accepted standards of legal ethics and to live by general principles of proper conduct. The performance of duties of the paralegal/legal assistant is governed by specific canons of ethics in order that justice will be served and the goals of the profession attained.

The Paralegal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Legal Assistants, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 988-5522, and is also an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), and maintains a chapter of the Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Honor Society.