Paralegal Certificate Program
Certificate - Paralegal and Legal Studies Department
|Course Title||Course Number||Semester Taken||Credits||Prerequisites|
|Introduction to Law||PLG101||3||ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|Open Electives (Choose 4)|
|Real Estate||PLG203||3||ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|Criminal Law||CRJ103||3||ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|Willis, Estates, and Trusts||PLG204||3||ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|Practical Legal Writing||PLG105||3||PLG101 and PLG102 and ENG111|
|Paralegal Internship||PLG299||3||All required PLG courses and a 3.0 GPA|
This program introduces students to paralegal practice and procedures. Students develop paralegal skills and knowledge that enables them to assist lawyers in conducting research and in preparing legal documents. The program is intended for students with an associate or bachelor’s degree.
Paralegals typically find jobs with law firms, corporations, government offices, non-profit entities, banks, health care organizations, bio-tech companies and financial institutions. Areas of specialization include litigation, corporate law, criminal law, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, bankruptcy, labor law, immigration, family law, and real estate.
The number of jobs in the paralegal field is expected to grow much faster than average through 2016, and the position of paralegal is consistently ranked among the best jobs in America. Boston is home to one of the top legal markets in the United States and BHCC’s main campus is minutes away from many courthouses, law schools, law firms, and government offices.
Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:
- Understand the legal process and the nature of law practice.
- Construct and evaluate logical arguments in support of specific positions.
- Conduct effective legal research and oversee legal projects.
- Understand, identify and resolve legal and ethical issues associated with the paralegal profession.