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Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

Certificate

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2019. Current students - log in to BHCC Self-Service to review the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, or contact LifeMap/Advising for more information. Prospective students - go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor.
Admission Requirements Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
Degree

Proof of a completed Associate's or Bachelor's degree

Letter

Submission of a Letter of Interest

Resume

Submission of a Professional Resume

References

Three (3) Letters of Reference

Total Credits:
Semester 1 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
PLG-101 Introduction to Law
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisites: ENG-095 and ESL-098 or RDG-095 or placement

Elective-1 Concentration Elective
3

Paralegal Option Electives:

  • PLG-201 Family Law
  • PLG-203 Real Estate
  • CRJ-103 Criminal Law
  • PLG-204 Wills, Estates and Trusts
  • PLG-105 Practical Legal Writing
  • PLG-299 Paralegal Internship
Elective-2 Concentration Elective
3

Paralegal Option Electives:

  • PLG-201 Family Law
  • PLG-203 Real Estate
  • CRJ-103 Criminal Law
  • PLG-204 Wills, Estates and Trusts
  • PLG-105 Practical Legal Writing
  • PLG-299 Paralegal Internship
Elective-3 Concentration Elective
3

Paralegal Option Electives:

  • PLG-201 Family Law
  • PLG-203 Real Estate
  • CRJ-103 Criminal Law
  • PLG-204 Wills, Estates and Trusts
  • PLG-105 Practical Legal Writing
  • PLG-299 Paralegal Internship
Total Credits:
Semester 2 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
PLG-102 Legal Research & Writing
3

Prerequisite: PLG-101

PLG-103 Litigation
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisite: PLG-101

PLG-104 Legal Ethics
3

Prerequisite: PLG-101

PLG-202 Business Organizations
3

Prerequisite: PLG-101

Elective-4 Concentration Elective
3

Paralegal Option Electives:

  • PLG-201 Family Law
  • PLG-203 Real Estate
  • CRJ-103 Criminal Law
  • PLG-204 Wills, Estates and Trusts
  • PLG-105 Practical Legal Writing
  • PLG-299 Paralegal Internship
Total Credits:
Last Modified Date: April 22, 2019

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.

Career Outlook

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.

Unauthorized Practice of Law Statement

A Legal Studies graduate may work as a paralegal only under the supervision of an attorney and is not authorized to engage in the practice of law. The ABA (American Bar Association) defines a paralegal or legal assistant as “a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.