Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University now offering Paralegal Certificate Program


Hofstra University’s long-standing Paralegal Certificate Program will now be offered through the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.  

The Long Island-based law school say this move was in response to the rising demand for paralegals with specialized skills in areas such as legal technology.

“We have heard from alumni and law firm partners that there is a growing need for skilled paralegals,” said Gail Prudenti, dean of Hofstra Law. “The law school will apply our outstanding teaching and dedicated career services to this program so that we can graduate exceptional paralegals and find them meaningful employment.”

The 306-hour program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and can be completed in just one term. Both day and evening programs are available.

In addition to offering courses in developing fields such as legal technology, immigration law and real estate, the Paralegal Certificate Program will also show students the specific substantive and procedural aspects of New York law.

Paralegal students will also benefit from Hofstra Law’s Office of Career Services, which will now be able to provide employers a “one-stop shop” to hire paralegals or law students and graduates, the school said. 

“We are proud to serve the New York area legal community for their hiring needs,” said Christopher Caruso, senior associate dean for career services, compliance, and strategic initiatives. “Employers will now be able to post paralegal jobs through the Office of Career Services, which will be available for paralegal students and graduates to view.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 10% between 2019-2029, which is much faster than the average 4% growth rate for all occupations.

The law school is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2021 day and evening programs.

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