Paralegal Studies

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies

Credits required 27

Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Program contact

Diana Yohe, Program Coordinator - Paralegal Studies and Legal Studies - and Professor of Office Administration, ext. 2404

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.

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.
  • Twenty-one (21) credits may be applied to an associate’s degree in Legal Administrative Assistant degree program.
  • Twelve (12) credits may be applied to the Legal Office Assistant certificate program.

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.

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

LGL 180Introduction to Law

3 credits

PLS 101Civil Litigation & Procedure

3 credits

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 121Family Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 230Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 242Business Organization for Paralegals

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:24

Choose one of the following

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits


PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 1

ENG 101, LGL 160, LGL 180, PLS 101

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 2

PLS 120, PLS 121, PLS 230, PLS 242, LGL 290 or PLS 243

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