Paralegal Certificate Program

Enroll Now!  Classes commence September 2015!

Make the most of your professional opportunities with Pace University's Paralegal Certificate Program!  This nationally acclaimed program was designed by paralegals for paralegals, with input from judges and attorneys across the country.  This hands-on program distinguishes itself by its focus on real world skill sets most in demand by law firms and legal divisions.  It is designed with the working student in mind and provides the education you need to begin a successful paralegal career or advance an existing career in the legal field.


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Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.”
- Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014, U.S. Department of Labor

CNN Money ranks the Paralegal Profession as one of the TOP 50 occupations in Corporate America!

Course Description

Pace University's Paralegal Certificate Program is a comprehensive curriculum.  When students finish our program, they are ready to go to work.  Our curriculum covers topics rarely covered in other paralegal programs and doesn't waste time on filler. The skill-based format of Pace University's Paralegal Certificate Program provides students with practical training in preparation for the workplace.

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Each student will finish the program with a client file filled with documents about his or her case --- all drafted during the program. This client file serves as a portfolio for interviews and provides students with an end product that represents the marketable skills that they have acquired throughout the program.  The classroom and online program both share the same course curriculum.

Program Requirements

  • 18 years or older
  • High School diploma or GED (domestic and international)

Program Benefits

  • Intensive curriculum that can be completed in five months
  • Offered by a university renowned for educational excellence
  • Students are provided with access to and training in the larger online research providers: Westlaw and LexisNexis
  • Curriculum designed to provide students with "real world" assignments applicable to the paralegal profession
  • Study support is provided, which includes lecture notes, mock exams, templates and forms, on-line citations assistance, on-line course rules, textbook summary and quizzes, chat rooms for instructor and students, and practice exercise questions 
  • Development of critical research skill through online research systems

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Who Should Enroll in this Program?

  • Legal staff who wish to advance their careers and qualify for lawful designation as a paralegal
  • Career changers looking for a professional career with strong growth potential
  • Individuals who want to gain a clearer understanding of the legal process
  • Individuals considering law school and seeking an introduction to the field to gain a competitive advantage

Program Topics include:

  • Legal process
  • Court structure
  • Interviewing and investigation
  • Document preparation
  • Correspondence
  • Writing and analysis
  • Research skills
  • Use of LexisNexis and Westlaw
  • Substantive topics of laws, torts, contracts, civil procedures, family law

Meet the Instructors

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Professor Michael J. Pocchia, Esq. is a professor of legal studies at Pace University. He is a practicing attorney with over 19 years of legal experience and is currently employed by the NYC HRA Office of Child Support Enforcement as the Executive Director of Investigations, Enforcement, and Interstate Units. Prior to this position, he worked for the NYC Department of Corrections as an Assistant Legal Counsel. Professor Pocchia has been teaching notary public law classes for over 10 years to legal assistant students, practicing paralegals and members of the community throughout New York State.  Professor Pocchia teaches Essential Skills in Pace NYC.

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Hon. William J. Giacomo is currently a Justice in the New York State Supreme Court.  He was a founding partner of Giacomo, Gallo, Feinstein & Naishtut, LLP specializing in general litigation, negligence law, criminal law, commercial, corporate and bankruptcy law, real estate, and trusts and estates.  Judge Giacomo has been teaching in the Pace University Paralegal Certificate Program for over two years.  His prestigious career, vast legal experience, and superior teaching style have received renowned reviews from his students.  Judge Giacomo teaches Essential Skills in Pace White Plains.

Student Testimonials

"I wanted to send an email regarding the essential skills class with Judge Giacomo. I found the class to be very outstanding. Judge Giacomo has a very affable personality and a great sense of humor.  I was at ease in his class because he is warm, friendly and very approachable. I am glad I took the spring 2014 course. I learned so much and feel prepared to work as a paralegal." -Spring 2014, Karen T.

"I am writing to you to thank you for making the Paralegal Program such an exciting yet challenging experience.  I just graduated from your Pace University Paralegal Certification Studies Program in March 2014 and got hired at a very successful law firm in NYC. It feels amazing to know that everything we went through during the course of the paralegal study is actually being put to use now.  Thank you for being such a fantastic professor and it was truly a pleasure being able to connect with you, the other professors, and my classmates on both a studious and fun level." - Fall 2013, Madeline G.

"I took and completed the paralegal program which I truly enjoyed. Upon completion of your program I was immediately hired as a paralegal. Thank you for such a great program." - Spring 2013, Armena M.

"Just wanted to let you know that thanks to completing your program, I was offered a Senior Paralegal position at AIG which I accepted.  This represents a “bump-up” in title and salary." - Spring 2013, Helen C.

"This course was a fantastic learning experience.  It also gives me more confidence in my value to the firm I work for and the ability to reach out for new projects outside my practice area."- Spring 2013 online student, Michelle G.


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