The Chamber's Paralegal Certificate Program provides a legal education to individuals in the principles, practices, and theory of law. The Program was undertaken for several reasons, including to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for admission to law school, paralegal practice in NY, to provide a greater breadth of knowledge to those working in other professions such as politics or business, to provide a current paralegal with advanced training or greater specialization, to understand how to use technology in law and to provide clinical work for participants in the Chamber's Paralegal Program.
The Chamber's Paralegal Program Legal Clinic (PPLC) is a program providing hands-on-legal experience to students and services to various Chamber members and the community. Clinics are usually directed by clinical lawyers from the Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates. Legal clinics are conducted in Small Business Solutions, U.S. Citizenship, Foreclosure Strategies and Wills & Estate Issues.
Legal clinics originated as a method of practical teaching of law school students, but today they encompass also free legal aid with no academic links. There are practice-based law clinics with no academic link which provide hands-on skills to legal professionals on practical ethical dimensions of the law at the same time offering free public legal services.