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Paralegal Studies Program

The award winning Paralegal Studies Program , approved by the American Bar Association, offers students a balanced and varied background in theoretical and practical aspects of law, which are necessary for work as a paralegal. Over 50% of our graduates are working as paralegals.  Paralegals (sometimes referred to as legal assistants or legal analysts) work under the supervision of an attorney, in a variety of areas ranging from real estate, litigation and family law to patent, trademark and estate practice.

The program develops intellectual and analytical skills, educates students for direct employment opportunities in the paralegal field, and provides additional career possibilities in combination with other majors. The Montclair State University Paralegal Studies Program was the first program at a New Jersey state college or university to receive American Bar Association approval.

With the exception of giving legal advice, making court appearances and setting fees, a paralegal may carry out many tasks. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law

Concentration in Paralegal Studies (Major) Minor Post-BA Paralegal Certificate

A Certificate of Completion is awarded to all students who meet program standards. For undergraduate students, this is an academic minor or a concentration within the Justice Studies major. For Post-Baccalaureate students, it is a certificate program.

Paralegal Studies Handbook

2020 Awards

MSU’s ABA Approved Paralegal Studies Program ranked #3 in the top 25 BEST Bachelor’s Degree Programs for 2020 by Bachelors Degree Center.

Bachelor’s Degree Center (BDC) has been providing advice, resources, and rankings on the best traditional and online bachelor’s degree programs since 2014. Completely independent and unbiased, BDC is working to be the ultimate resource for high school graduates, adults learners, and an variety of non-traditional students.

To rank the best traditional legal studies degree program, Bachelor’s Degree Center went to the source – the American Bar Association. Programs are judged on five (5) criteria: Cost, Graduation Rate, Job Placement Rate, Salary Potential and Student Reviews.

This respected industry association selected the Justice Studies Major with a Concentration in Paralegal Studies at Montclair State University as their #3 pick for 2020!

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25 BEST Bachelor’s Degree Programs for 2020 by Bachelors Degree Center

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2018 Awards

Montclair State University’s ABA Approved Paralegal Studies Program named BEST in New Jersey by

This respected industry association reviewed more than 200 post-associate and post-baccalaureate programs and selected the Post-BA Certificate in Paralegal Studies at Montclair State University as their favorite in New Jersey for 2018! They also did a state-by-state analysis of the top bachelor’s programs for paralegals and Montclair State University’s BA in Justice Studies with a concentration in Paralegal Studies was selected as the best of the best in New Jersey!

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Top Post-Degree Certificate Programs in Paralegal Studies and Top Bachelor’s Programs in Paralegal Studies.

Congratulations to the Paralegal Studies Program, the Justice Studies Department and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences!

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