Nancy R. Gallo, J.D.
Sussex County Community College offers both an AAS and a certificate option under the title of Paralegal Studies. Below is a combined description of of the AAS/Certificate program.
The Paralegal Studies AAS/Certificate program is structured to provide a fundamental knowledge of the law while training the student for practical application of the concepts in law offices, corporations, and government agencies. The program of study is career-oriented and is not designed specifically for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution or attend law school.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
■ Obtain entry-level positions in law offices, not-for-profit organizations, and government entities (courts, regulatory agencies, law enforcement agencies, etc.).
■ Prepare a wide variety of commonly used legal forms and documents using word processing software.
■ Assist practicing attorneys in the conduct of legal research and document preparation.
■ Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of legal issues related to wills and probate, family law, real estate, civil litigation, criminal law, and commercial law.
A recipient of a Paralegal AAS will act as support for attorneys. For said attorneys, the paralegal will assist in legal matters, such as researching and analyzing laws and other matters and assist in preparation and documentation of trials and other legal meetings. Recipients of the Paralegal Certificate perform similiar duties, but narrowed. According to Salary.com, a paralegal in the Newton, NJ area earns $38,000-$64,000 annually.