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Paralegal Studies Program

Associate in Science

This curriculum map contains the new General Education Requirements and applies ONLY to students entering the program beginning fall 2019. Current students should log in to BHCC Self-Service to review their specific program requirements or contact LifeMap/Advising for more information. Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor.
Semester 1 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
ENG-111 College Writing I
3

This course meets the General Education requirement for Academic Discourse.

(Formerly Area 1)

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

GenEd-QPS Quantitative Problem Solving
3-4

This course meets the General Education requirement for Quantitative Problem Solving.

(Formerly Area 4)

Choose one MAT course from Quantitative Problem Solving Menu.

Prerequisites: MAT-097 or MAT-098 or placement

PLG-101 Introduction to Law
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Satisfies Learning Community Requirement

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

CIT-110 Applications/Concepts
3

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

Prerequisites: ESL-098 or RDG-095 or placement

GenEd-CCC Community & Cultural Contexts
3

This course meets the General Education requirement for Community & Cultural Contexts.

(Formerly Areas 2 and 3)

Choose one course from Community and Cultural Contexts menu

Recommended courses: PSY-101 or SOC-101

Total Credits:
Semester 2 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
ENG-112 College Writing II
3

This course meets the General Education requirement for Research Writing.

(Formerly Area 1)

Prerequisite: ENG-111

GenEd-SR Scientific Reasoning
4

This course meets the General Education requirement for Scientific Reasoning.

(Formerly Area 5)

Choose one course from the Scientific Reasoning Menu

Recommended courses: BIO-115 or ENV-105

Elective Behavioral Science Elective
3

Choose one course from PSY or SOC

Recommended: PSY-101 or SOC-101

GenEd-CW Creative Work
3

This course meets the General Education requirement for Creative Work.

(Formerly Area 6)

Choose one course from Creative Work Menu

PLG-202 Business Organizations
3

Prerequisite: PLG-101

Total Credits:
Semester 3 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
Elective-1 Humanities Elective
3

Choose one course from Humanities Elective Menu

Elective-2 Lab Science Elective
4

Choose one course from Lab Science Menu

Recommended course: BIO-115 or ENV-105

Elective-3 Behavioral Science Elective
3

Choose one course from PSY or SOC

Recommended course: PSY-107

GenEd-E General Education Elective
3

This course meets the General Education requirement for General Education Elective.

Choose a course from the General Education Scientific Reasoning, Community/Cultural Contexts, Creative Work or Elective Menus.

PLG-103 Litigation
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisite: PLG-101

Total Credits:
Semester 4 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
Elective-1 Humanities Elective
3

Choose one course from Humanities Elective Menu

PLG-104 Legal Ethics
3

Prerequisite: PLG-101

PLG-102 Legal Research & Writing
3

Prerequisite: PLG-101

Elective-2 Paralegal Option Elective
3

Paralegal Option Elective Courses:

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

Paralegal Option Elective Courses:

  • CRJ-103 Criminal Law
  • PLG-201 Family Law
  • PLG-203 Real Estate Law
  • PLG-204 Wills, Estates and Trusts
  • PLG-299 Paralegal Internship
  • PLG-105 Practical Legal Writing
Elective-4 Paralegal Option Elective
3

Paralegal Option Elective Courses:

  • CRJ-103 Criminal Law
  • PLG-201 Family Law
  • PLG-203 Real Estate Law
  • PLG-204 Wills, Estates and Trusts
  • PLG-299 Paralegal Internship
  • PLG-105 Practical Legal Writing
Total Credits:
Last Modified Date: April 25, 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.
  • Understand, identify and resolve legal and ethical issues associated with the paralegal profession.

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.