|Course Title||Course Number||Semester Taken||Credits||Prerequisites|
|Introduction to Law||PLG101||3||ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|Open Electives (Choose 4)|
|Real Estate||PLG203||3||ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|Criminal Law||CRJ103||3||ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|Willis, Estates, and Trusts||PLG204||3||ENG095 or placement 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|
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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.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/ certificate-programs.
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.