Paralegal Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Introduction to Law PLG101 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Legal Research/Writing PLG102 3 PLG101
Litigation PLG103 3 PLG101
Legal Ethics PLG104 3 PLG101
Business Organizations PLG202 3 PLG101
Open Electives (Choose 4)
Family Law PLG201 3 PLG101
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
Total Credits 27

Additional Information

This is a selective program. View Selective Program Application and Instructions

View Gainful Employment Information for Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.

View Department Page

View Division Page

Program Overview

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.

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.

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.

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.