Paralegal Studies

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies

Credits required 27

Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Kathleen Pearle, kathleen.pearle@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

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

Program Code: PL

Program Goals Statement

The Paralegal Studies certificate provides 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.

Program Information

  • Acquire basic understanding of substantive and procedural areas of law for a variety of legal settings.
  • Acquire basic skills in legal research.
  • Gain work experience by selecting PLS 243 - Paralegal Internship, which places students in legal positions related to their academic program and career goal.
  • Courses are offered day and evening.
  • Some courses are offered online. 
  • PLS courses are taught by licensed attorneys with J.D.s from ABA - accredited Law Schools.
  • All credits may be applied to an associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies.

Related Programs

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

After BCC

  • Employment in a variety of legal 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.

Program Requirements

Program Courses

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PLS 105Law Office Management

3 credits

PLS 100Introduction to Paralegal Studied and Legal Ethics

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 241Wills, Estates, and Trusts

3 credits

PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:27

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 1

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PLS 105Law Office Management

3 credits

PLS 100Introduction to Paralegal Studied and Legal Ethics

3 credits

PLS 101Civil Litigation and Procedure

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 2

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 121Family Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 230Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 241Wills, Estates, and Trusts

3 credits

PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

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