Institute partners to present paralegal program

In an effort to meet an increasing demand for paralegals projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the SUNY Oswego Institute for Professional and Organizational Development has partnered with the Center for Legal Studies to offer a paralegal certificate course designed for those entering the field as well as advanced legal workers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of paralegal positions will increase 62 percent by 2008, which would make it the sixth-fastest-growing occupation in the country. The national average salary for paralegals is $37,950, according to the Center for Legal Studies, while the average salary for an entry-level paralegal in Central New York is slightly above $40,000.

Participants will learn how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research New York state and federal law and assist in the preparation of cases for courtroom litigation. In addition, this program aims to help students increase their offices’ efficiency, productivity and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills.

To receive a certificate of completion from the SUNY Oswego institute, students must pass six quizzes and satisfactorily complete five legal document-writing assignments along with a significant amount of homework.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for six weekends beginning Sept. 10. Tuition is $989. Oswego-area attorneys teach and monitor the program, which includes 84 hours of intensive curriculum, Westlaw research training and a voluntary internship program for top graduates.

Located at the Oswego State Education Center in Phoenix, off Route 481, the SUNY Oswego Institute for Professional and Organizational Development is dedicated to partnering with business, government and non-profit organizations to develop and deliver customized employee training based on current and future business needs. Its mission, “Your Success Is Our Business,” focuses on bottom-line results. For a listing of other programs offered and directions to the center, visit

To register for the paralegal certificate course, or for more information and curriculum questions, contact the Center for Legal Studies at 1-800-522-7737 or visit

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(Posted: Aug 04, 2005)