New York Paralegal School - Out Of Business

The New York Paralegal School registration was revoked. The school can’t operate as a registered business in New York effective February 23, 2011.

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In the matter before the United States Department of Education, Judge O’Hair ruled on August 5, 2010 that the school owed the Federal Student Aid (FSA) program the sum of $225,069.

The FSA asked for an audit of the schools disbursements. The school filed an appeal, but didn’t bother to provide any documentation about its disbursements.

Evidently the New York Paralegal School was involved in some hokey business. They were accepting federal student aid from applicants, but not disbursing the monies properly. It’s not clear what they were doing with their students money, but someone caught onto their scam.

What does this mean for you?

If you were a student hopefully you got your refund money. But the larger lesson here is...beware of schools holding themselves out as genuine paralegal programs.

The paralegal career is popular. It’s growing and offers a great opportunity for very good wages, great benefits and continuing education. There are slick folks out there trying to get over on people who choose this field.

For whatever reason, the New York Paralegal School was in business for a while before anyone caught on to what they were about.

Don't worry though, there are several ABA approved programs in New York.

If you’re a New York resident and want to enroll in a paralegal or legal assistant program, list below of schools is approved by the American Bar Association for paralegal studies.

  • Berkeley College of New York City, New York
  • Bronx Community College, Bronx
  • Finger Lakes Community College, Canandalgua
  • Genesee Community College, Batavia
  • Hilbert College, Hamburg
  • LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, Long Island City
  • Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn
  • Long Island University – C.W. Post Campus, Brookville
  • Marist College, Poughkeepsie
  • Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry
  • Monroe Community College, Rochester
  • Nassau Community College, Garden City
  • New York City, College of Technology/CUNY, Brooklyn
  • New York University, New York
  • Queens College/CUNY, Flushing
  • Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady
  • St. John’s University, Jamaica
  • Suffolk County Community College, Selden
  • SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse
  • Westchester Community College, Valhalla
The schools above are recognized by the ABA. These schools are the first place to start your search for paralegal education.

However, they may be pricey or not offer you a flexible schedule. Contact your local chapter or even the National Association of Legal Assistants to get further guidance on training programs in your area.

The New York Paralegal School is an example of programs you want to avoid. Check out the school thoroughly before committing to its studies.

Get answers to all of your questions so you can make an informed decision and rest assured you’ll get what you paid for.

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