Become a Paralegal in New York

Learn about paralegal schools in New York, and the jobs you can get with your paralegal training.

New York Paralegals Facts and Figures

  • Length of Paralegal Study: 1 to 4 years
  • Almost 75 percent of paralegals work for law firms
  • Largest Law Firms in New York: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Simpson, Thatcher & Bartlett

New York Paralegal Schools

New York has not established formal licensing requirements to become a paralegal. However, the Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations (ESAPA) recommends that New York paralegals hold an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or post-bachelor's certificate from a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.

Most New York paralegals enter the field with at least an associate's degree. If you plan to build a paralegal career in New York, earning your degree from one of the many paralegal schools in New York can provide you with in-depth knowledge of state and local law, which will enhance your resume and make it easier to find a job.

Salary Information

Here is what you can expect to earn as a paralegal in various cities in New York:

City Median Annual Salary*
New York $65,310
Buffalo $53,828
Rochester $55,900
Albany $55,340
Syracuse $54,276

Sources: January 2014; New York Paralegal II.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Certification Requirements

Currently, New York does not have certification requirements for its paralegals. But many employers prefer to hire certified paralegals. You can get national paralegal certification through the following organizations:

  • National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
  • American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. (AAPI)

To maintain your national certification, you must complete a certain number of hours of continuing legal education within a specified period of time. Continuing education can include courses at paralegal schools in New York, traditional colleges and universities, bar associations, and professional organizations.

New York Paralegal Resources