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12 Weeks, Part Time

Paralegal professional represents the Paralegal Certificate program at Curry CollegeIf you are...

  • A college graduate seeking entry into a well-paying, high-growth career field
  • Considering law school but want to be sure a career in law is for you
  • A legal secretary looking for career advancement
  • Interested in the legal profession with its challenging career opportunities
  • Thinking about a career change...


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then you should consider a Paralegal career.  Curry College offers a part-time, 96-hour, 12-week Paralegal Certificate Program where you will gain the expertise required to begin a paralegal career.

Paralegal Program Information

What is a Paralegal and What Types of Work Do They Perform?

A paralegal works under the supervision of an attorney and performs similar work but does not provide legal advice or argue in court.  With ongoing experience, paralegals assume increasingly challenging and responsible projects.  While most Paralegals work in law offices, many are also employed in corporate legal departments, insurance companies, government agencies, law enforcement, and social service agencies.   

The job outlook for paralegals is very favorable.  Paralegal employment is projected to grow 17% through 2022, faster than the national average for other fields, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Paralegals have the knowledge and skills to perform many of the services provided by attorneys, but at a lower cost to the customer.

Practicing Attorneys, Paralegals and Attorney/Paralegal Teams

Participating in Curry College's Paralegal Certificate Program provides you with the knowledge and skills to perform the work required of a paralegal.  You will learn the analytical, organizational, and technical competencies of paralegal work. Our faculty are highly-experienced practicing attorneys and paralegals; two of our attorneys actually began their careers as paralegals. Our attorney instructors teach you about the law, legal theory, and legal procedure; our paralegal instructors continue the learning in a workshop format where you complete simulated projects and assignments in each of the five legal topics of the program.  As you complete each of the topical areas in the program, you will gain the required knowledge and build a portfolio of completed work. Come learn from faculty who are active practitioners and well-versed not only in legal theory and practice, but who are experts in Massachusetts law.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application
  • $35 non-refundable application fee (payable to Curry College)
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Current resume

Applications will be accepted on a rolling admission basis.  We encourage you to apply online and upload your additional materials as available.  A decision will be made once all your application materials are received.

Tuition:


Tuition for the Fall 2019 cohort is $3,495.  Tuition can be paid by check or credit card.  Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.

Payment Plan

Students enrolled in the Paralegal Program can take advantage of a convenient payment plan available through TMS (Tuition Management System) at www.curryce.afford.com.  This tuition management payment option allows students to spread tuition payments according to the following schedule with a $55 fee.

Fall Semester

  • Four-month plan
  • Payments due the first of each month starting September 1 through December 1
  • The enrollment fee is $35.00


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Curry's "Cohort" Learning Model

Curry's Paralegal Certificate Program is delivered in a cohort format to allow you to complete the entire program with the same group of learners.  Cohort learning creates a community of learners who study together, provide support for one another, discuss common concerns, and generate networking opportunities.

The next Paralegal Certificate cohort begins in September 2019 - check out the schedule

Curriculum

  • Real Estate - Focuses on the legal principles and practical skills involved in real estate transactions, with particular attention to title searches, the anatomy of the deed and deed preparation, purchase and sale agreements, HUD settlement statements, and other components common in a residential real estate transaction.
  • Probate - Learn the process of settling an estate, taking Inventory, Accounting for the assets and liabilities of the estate, and the basics of estate taxation and estate planning.
  • Litigation - Reviews the court system, how litigators and paralegals work together, and civil litigation from pre-litigation through appeal period.  You will have the opportunity to learn about and become skilled at working with the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure, a wide range of litigation documents, court papers, pleadings, and client materials, as well as developing an understanding   about procedures used in preparing for trial with a heavy emphasis on pre-trial discovery, including e-discovery.
  • Business Organizations - Learn the structure of various forms of business ownership, the process and consequences of incorporation, the nature of intellectual property and a practical understanding of securities regulation and corporate finance alternatives.  Elements of paralegal practice include corporate name searches, preparation of corporate filings, review of relevant laws and regulations, an overview of corporate governance and compliance topics, the issuance of corporate stock and an introduction to Article IX of the Uniform Commercial Code.
  • Legal Research and Writing - Research case law and statutes using law books and the Internet.  You will learn how to interpret and locate legal materials and research and write a legal memorandum for an attorney.


Course Schedule
A Convenient Hybrid Format

Curry's Paralegal Certificate Program is delivered in a hybrid learning format to allow you to attend classes on campus, two evenings a week from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., every other week.  During the alternating weeks, instructor-led classes are held online to allow you to complete coursework and assignments at times convenient for you.  In addition, you will attend two on-campus Saturday classes each month that meet from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive a complete and detailed schedule.  You will also be provided with instruction at the program orientation on how to use the online course software.

Elanie Apostola
Elane currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library where she provides support to state legislators, legislative staff, state agencies, the judiciary, private attorneys, and the general public.  Previous to this post, she was the law librarian at Mirick, O'Connell, Worcester's largest law firm.  Elaine has taught legal research and writing, including legal research on the Internet to paralegal students since 1996. 

Fred Chase, Jr.
Fred has worked as a corporate paralegal since 1985 at some of Boston's largest law firms, including Choate, Hall & Stewart, Mintz Levin, and Davis, Malm & D'Agostine.  He is currently a senior paralegal at Liberty Mutual Group in its Investments and Finance Group.  Fred has taught the practical application of corporate law to paralegal students since 1989.  He has also been a panelist and chaired numerous Massachusetts Continuing Legal Educations (MCLE) seminars for paralegals. 

Patrick Daly
Pat is an attorney in the law firm of Adams & Blinn with offices in Cambridge and Sterling, MA.  In addition to his general practice at Adams & Blinn, Pat has an ownership interest in Cambridge Trustee Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisory Firm in Wellesley where he acts as Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.  Pat is a graduate of Boston College Law School.  He has been teaching civil litigation to paralegal students for nearly 25 years and has earned several teaching excellence awards.

Joyce Fiocca Bold
Joyce is a principal in JFB Consulting Services where she provides paralegal services and support to law firms in the areas of residential and commercial real estate conveyancing, mortgage foreclosures, and litigation services.  Formerly, for nine years, Joyce held the position of Assistant Vice President at First American Title Insurance Company.  As a curriculum advisor and panelist at MCLE, Joyce is responsible for the development and implementation of seminars for paralegals.  Joyce has taught students how to perform the job requirements of a real estate paralegal since 1985.

Michelle Morin
Michelle has more than sixteen years experience as a paralegal.  During her career she has held many senior level paralegal positions, including manager of litigation paralegals at Ropes & Gray in Boston and Legal Technology Manager at Skadden, Arps in Wilmington, DE, one of the highest revenue grossing law firms in the world.  Michelle has ten years experience teaching students to work in litigation.  Other teaching experience includes the code of professional responsibility for paralegals and legal research and writing.

Monica K. Rutkovskis
Monica has nearly 30 years of law experience.   She began her career as a paralegal and later earned a law degree from New England School of Law.  Monica is an attorney with Adams & Blinn in Cambridge where she concentrates in the areas of probate, estate planning and real estate.  Monica is also a graduate of Boston College

Christina Schaper
Tina serves as Legal Counsel at East Hill Management Company, LLC in Providence, RI where she oversees all legal affairs for this investment advisory firm and manages the legal matters for the principals of the company.  Other positions have included general counsel for a start-up telecommunications company, program manager at the Center for Women & Enterprise where she provided legal and venture capital consulting services, and corporate law associate at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP.  Tina is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Haverford College.  She has over ten years experience teaching paralegal students business law.

John Ullian
John teaches the Legal Research and Writing section of the Curry College Paralegal Certificate Program.  He has been a practicing attorney for 29 years.  John has his law degree from the University of Toledo School of Law, his M.Ed. from Northeastern University, and in 2006 obtained his Ed.D. from Boston University.  He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Florida.  John previously taught Legal Research and Writing for over 20 years in the Northeastern University paralegal program, and has taught a course during the last several years at the graduate schools of Boston University (teaching School Law) and Simmons College (teaching Special Education Law).