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Legal Studies - B. Tech

Strong Foundations

This degree includes an internship option, where students join the professional workforce while still in college. This real-world exposure helps students begin their careers and make job connections while still in college. The Legal Studies program also incorporates courses that expose students to the business aspects of the practice of law.

Students Will Learn

  • Legal research
  • Legal writing
  • Law including: Business Law, Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Criminal Practice, Family Law, Negligence and Intentional Torts, Real Property Law, Wills, Trusts and estates

Designed For

  • Recent high school graduates
  • Paralegal studies transfer students
  • Criminal Justice transfer students
  • Working professionals or students wanting online courses

"The Legal Studies program has grown from 38 students to 97 students between 2008 and 2014. It continues to be the only four-year undergraduate Legal Studies program within the 64 campus SUNY system."

- Alexander Lesyk,
Assistant Professor, Legal Studies

Best Online Colleges ParalegalReal-World Experience

Instructors in this program have a wide variety of real world experience including attorneys who are practicing, or have practiced law. This allows students to learn from the experiences of professionals from governmental agencies and from the private sector.

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The Legal Studies degree is one of SUNY Canton's signature online programs. Students don't have to travel to take an online course, eliminating geographic barriers. Because internet courses don't have set classroom schedules, students can participate at any hour and from anywhere, even from your job. The Legal Studies degree can be earned entirely online if necessary.

Real-World Learning

Students work to produce well-written, well-researched documents applying client’s facts to the law. Students learn this process hands-on with case examples and studies.

Job Prospects

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics projects paralegal positions to grow faster than average, or about 27 percent, for all occupations through 2014. Paralegals rank 27 out of the top 50 career fields for job prospects. There are a number of openings for paralegals in federal, corporate, and strictly legal settings.


Alexander Lesyk

Prof. Lesyk graduated from Columbia University in 1979 with degrees in Psychology and Economics. He then attended law school at Fordham University where he graduated in 1982, having received awards in Criminal Law and Admiralty.

Prof. Lesyk then embarked on a career in appellate and trial litigation initially focusing on aviation and maritime accidents.  He moved to the “North Country” in 1988 and changed the focus of his legal career to criminal and family law litigation.  He became the Chief Public Defender in Franklin County and served in that capacity for approximately 15 years.

In 2006 he became the Chief Assistant District Attorney for St. Lawrence County where he successfully prosecuted numerous criminal cases including a serial child killer. He also successfully prosecuted other homicides, gang assaults, rapes, robberies and burglaries. Currently, Prof. Lesyk continues to work as an appointed Special Prosecutor for St. Lawrence County for appellate litigation. As of June, 2014, Prof. Lesyk successfully litigated over 20 consecutive appeals on behalf of the prosecution.

Prof. Lesyk is admitted to practice law in all New York State courts. He is one of very few North Country attorneys to be admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Legal Studies
Alexander Lesyk
Curriculum Coordinator