The state Education Department has approved a new paralegal certificate program at Finger Lakes Community College that will allow those who already have college degrees to move into the profession more quickly.
Starting in fall 2011, eligible students can begin the 33-credit program, which can be completed with night classes in as little as a year.
College officials worked with an advisory board of local attorneys, paralegals and others in the legal field to develop an up-to-date and relevant curriculum. The FLCC paralegal certificate program has also been approved by the American Bar Association.
“This new certificate makes it possible for people who already have a college degree to transition into a new field in less time and at less cost,” said attorney Cassy Kent of Fairport, the FLCC paralegal program coordinator.
Students entering the certificate program must provide evidence of completion of either an associate degree or bachelor’s degree with at least 18 credits in a liberal arts curriculum.
All classes will be held at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, off Route 251, except one which requires use of reference materials at the main campus library in Canandaigua.
Finger Lakes Community College also offers a 68-credit paralegal associate degree. Both the degree and certificate courses are taught by two full-time faculty members who are attorneys and several adjunct faculty members who work as attorneys and paralegals.
For more information, call Cassy Kent at (585) 785-1486. To apply, visit flcc.edu and click on “Apply Now” at the very top of the home page.