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Federal regulations require colleges and universities to provide prospective and current students with information about the occupation this program prepares them for, the cost of the program, the success rate of recent students completing the program and the percentage of those who obtained gainful employment.
The Paralegal Studies Program prepares students for careers as paralegals. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code is 23-2011.00.
The Paralegal Studies Program requires successful completion of 300 clock hours of course work and provides training in the practical aspects of the law. It is a non-credit, certificate program designed to prepare students for a smooth transition from the classroom to the office - in settings ranging from law firms, corporate legal departments, banks, insurance companies and government agencies. Students take courses in the eight required courses as well as one legal specialty course and several law office software and/or Internet based labs.
The cost of the program is $5,695.00 tuition (Subject to University Tuition Rate Increases), plus a $25.00 application fee and upon acceptance, a $75.00 registration fee. There is a 10 % discount for FDU graduates and for those that have a referral from an attorney who is licensed and in good standing in the State of New Jersey, if it is received by the office prior to the first day of class. There is a limit of one 10% discount per student. There is also an additional 5% discount off tuition for students who are paid in full before class starts. All discounts are forfeited if the student withdraws. Students taking this program are not eligible to receive funding through Federal (Title IV) student aid.
The estimated cost of books for the program is $700.00. We encourage students to economize by buying used textbooks, selling back their textbooks to the bookstore rather than storing them, and or renting textbooks as available. The program supplies some hard copy handouts as needed and posts resource material on-line for print or download.
Based on data collected to date, out of the 200-300 students per year that took the program, for the 2013 academic year, the on-time graduation rate was approximately 4 out of 5 students or 82% and the job placement rate for those working was approximately 4 out of 5 students or 86%.
For information about the employment demand for Paralegal professionals visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net Online website: http://www.onetonline.org/find/