May 5, 2016

LibraryCentenary Launches Two New Paralegal and Legal Assistant Programs

Hackettstown, N.J. – Centenary University is launching an Associates of Arts degree in Paralegal and Legal Assistant Studies and a minor in Paralegal and Legal Assistant Studies starting in Fall 2016.

The Paralegal and Legal Assistant Studies has been identified by Hanover Research to be one of the top 14 growing occupations by the year 2020.  Hanover has projected a 21.3% increase in the number of individuals employed as a paralegal and/or legal assistant by 2020.  With launching an Associate of Arts degree and a minor at Centenary, students are provided with an ideal blend of career preparation options.  For example, these programs prepare students to enter society as professionals by providing experiences that foster skills of critical thought and purposeful action.

“This is a great addition to our portfolio of offerings,” says Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Public Administration, and Chair of the Social Sciences Department at Centenary University.  “Our goal is to help the students succeed as much as we can, and this program will increase their career options.  Our research with Hanover also found a projected increase of 1,500 newly employed paralegals and legal assistants by the year 2020.  We want to ensure that our students have the opportunity to capitalize on this growth potential.”

Courses offerings through this program include Legal Research and Writing, Law and Litigation, Wills and Probate, Family Law, Immigration Law, Juvenile Delinquency, and more.  Some of the courses directly associated to the Paralegal and Legal Assistant program will also be desirable for other career tracks, such as Social Work, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Political & Governmental Affairs.

The program will be directed by Robert Verry, Assistant Professor of Political & Governmental Affairs and Criminal Justice, a paralegal himself, who can be reached at (908) 852-1400, ext. 2449 for program information.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary 
College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college 
distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest 
New Jersey.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad opportunities.   

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