Paralegal Studies

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies

Credits required 61 - 62

Dean

Kathleen Pearle, Ed. D., kathleen.pearle@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Elizabeth Nowakowski, J.D., Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Paralegal Studies,

Elizabeth.Nowakowski@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: PG

Program Goals Statement


The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies (Career Concentration) combines a liberal arts foundation with a career concentration in one of the fastest growing professions in America. Students have an opportunity to explore the field of law and gain marketable skills to perform a wide range of supportive legal functions. Please note that a Certificate or Degree in Paralegal Studies does not enable a person to practice law, represent clients in court or give legal advice; only licensed attorneys can perform these functions.

Student Learning Outcomes

See Learning Outcomes

Related Program

  • Paralegal Studies certificate
  • Legal Administrative Assistant degree
  • Legal Office Assistant certificate

Program Information

  • Acquire basic understanding of substantive and procedural areas of law for a variety of legal settings.
  • Acquire skill in legal research and writing.
  • Gain work experience by participating in PLS 243 – Paralegal Internship, which places students in office positions related to their academic program. 
  • Some courses are offered online.
  • PLS courses are taught by licensed attorneys with J.D.s from ABA-accredited law schools.
  • Forty to forty-one (40-41) credits may be applied to the Legal Administrative Assistant degree.
  • Twenty-one (21) credits may be applied to the Legal Office Assistant certificate. 

Recommended electives

After BCC

  • Employment in a variety of settings including law firms, corporate law departments, financial institutions, government agencies, or courts. 
  • Some graduates continue their education in advanced paralegal studies or pursue law degrees.

Degree Requirements

General Courses

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

GVT 111U.S. Government

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

SOC 212The Sociology of Social Problems

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:19

Choose one of the following

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Elective Courses

Elective - Science

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-4
See General Education Competency Courses - Scientific Reasoning and Discovery for course listings

Program Courses

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

LGL 180Introduction to Law

3 credits

PLS 101Civil Litigation and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 121Family Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 230Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 231Interviewing and Investigation

3 credits

PLS 232Advanced Legal Research and Writing

3 credits

PLS 240Real Estate Law

3 credits

PLS 242Business Organization for Paralegals

3 credits

PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

Or

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:36-37

 

Choose one of the following

 

PLS 102Torts Law

3 credits

PLS 220Bankruptcy Law

3 credits

PLS 234Legal Ethics

3 credits

PLS 235Immigration Law

3 credits

PLS 241Wills, Estates, and Trusts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

 

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

LGL 180Introduction to Law

3 credits

PLS 101Civil Litigation and Procedure

3 credits

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

Or

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

GVT 111U.S. Government

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 121Family Law and Procedure

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

SOC 212The Sociology of Social Problems

3 credits

PLS 230Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 232Advanced Legal Research and Writing

3 credits

PLS 242Business Organization for Paralegals

3 credits

PLS Elective

-3

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Science Elective

3-4 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

PLS 231Interviewing and Investigation

3 credits

PLS 240Real Estate Law

3 credits

PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

Or

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits

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