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Paralegal Presentation Held for RCC High School Program Students

Paralegal Presentation Held for RCC High School Program Students

Paralegal Presentation at North Rockland High School

April 3 session at North Rockland HS focused on hands-on skills, job opportunities

DATE: April 16, 2019

Rockland County, N.Y. – Students from the High School Program at Rockland Community College learned how they can further their interest in politics and government and springboard to a career in law through RCC's Paralegal Studies program, during a presentation held April 3 at North Rockland High School.

RCC instructors Patricia Szobonya and Deborah Vinecour, both practicing attorneys, told the students that a two-year associate's degree from RCC in Paralegal Studies can provide the skills necessary to land a job in the legal field, working under the supervision of attorneys. The instructors' interactive presentation focused on the type of hands-on skills students would learn in the program.

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow by 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The Paralegal Studies department is extremely successful with placing students in legal employment. Students can earn either an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, designed as a four-semester track, or a post-degree certificate in two semesters. Both programs are approved by the American Bar Association.

Two classes of 25 to 30 students each participated in the presentation. All are enrolled at North Rockland High School. One class was for Political Science students, and the other for students in the after-school Academy of Law and Society program.

“Our goal is to spread the word to neighboring high school students about the Paralegal Studies program. We would like them to attend RCC and in two years be prepared for legal employment or choose to continue their education, and maybe even attend law school,” said Szobonya, Assistant Professor and Chair of RCC Paralegal Studies. (Vinecour is a Professor of Paralegal Studies.)

RCC is one of the campuses of the State University of New York that have college credit programs for high school students to increase access to college-level learning. The High School Program (HSP) is open to high school juniors and seniors who wish to register part-time and take classes either at their high school or on campus.

“We are already working on bringing the presentation to other schools with HSP courses in the county,” said Jodilynn Greico, academic coordinator of RCC HSP and organizer of the Paralegal Studies presentation. “In speaking with one of the instructors, who happens to teach both HSP and non-HSP courses [at North Rockland HS], I was very excited to hear her say how relevant and useful the information was. She herself had no idea how many opportunities fell under the umbrella of 'paralegal studies' and was excited to investigate further.”

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