Touro College’s Graduate School of Business to Offer Certificate in Paralegal Studies in 2010

Date: December 21, 2009
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New York, N.Y. - Dr. Michael Williams, dean of Touro College’s Graduate School of Business, today announced the first semester of a new certificate program in Paralegal Studies. Courses will begin February 2, 2010 and applications for enrollment are currently being accepted

The paralegal studies certificate program consists of ten courses comprising a 30-credit hour certificate. The sequence begins with three required courses that provide a general overview of the history and organization of the field of law and the role of the paralegal. Later, students choose seven elective courses that provide training in specialized areas of law.

“The growing complexity of legal services has steadily increased the need for paralegals -- individuals who are not lawyers but who assist counsel by performing law-based work,” Dean Williams said. “This type of work requires knowledge of specific legal forms, concepts, procedures, and practices used in concrete legal situations.”

The paralegal studies certificate qualifies graduates to work in industries such as law, insurance, real estate, banking, finance and government. Courses will be taught by Professor Robert W. Bigelow, director of legal studies at Touro College’s Graduate School of Business.

“There’s been an increased interest in entering the paralegal field during the past decade and this course offers a great opportunity to gain solid skills in a growing field,” Prof. Bigelow said. He added that the course provides a good practical foundation of the subject within an intellectually challenging environment.

Prof. Bigelow has worked as an attorney in both the private and public sector. Currently, he maintains a part-time practice in New York City handling select employment and criminal cases. He also worked in the criminal defense division of the New York Legal Aid Society as a supervising attorney in Manhattan and, prior to that, worked as a trial attorney for the organization in the Bronx. Professor Bigelow frequently appears on television, providing legal analyses, most notably as a guest commentator on Court TV/tru TV from 2005 to 2009. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

For more information about the certificate program in Paralegal Studies, call Prof. Robert W. Bigelow at 212-742-8770, ext. 2424, or visit