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Paralegal Studies Program

Associate in Science -  Paralegal and Legal Studies Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3 ENG095 and MAT093
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3-4 MAT097 or placement
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities From Area 6 3
Introduction to Law PLG101 satisfies learning communities requirement 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Legal Research and Writing PLG102 3 PLG101
Litigation PLG103 3 PLG101
Legal Ethics PLG104 3 PLG101
Business Organizations PLG202 3 PLG101
Applications/Concepts CIT110-see note* 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Lab Science Elective 4
Humanities Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
Criminal Law CRJ103 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Practical Legal Writing PLG105 3 PLG101 and PLG102 and ENG111
Family Law PLG201 3 PLG101
Real Estate PLG203 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Wills, Estates, and Trusts PLG204 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Paralegal Internship PLG299 3 All required PLG courses and a 3.0 GPA
Total Credits 65-66
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Professional Studies

Department: Paralegal and Legal Studies

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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*Note: This course may be waived on the basis of previous coursework or experience. Please see the Dean of Professional Studies.

Program Overview

This program prepares students for legal employment by training them to assist lawyers in gathering and analyzing factual data, drafting correspondence, researching legal questions, and preparing legal documents. Paralegal employment provides flexibility (full-time, part-time, per diem, temporary or freelance) and the opportunity to enter the legal field without first obtaining a law degree. Graduates of the program may directly enter the work force or opt to continue their education and pursue a four year degree.

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.

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.

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.