Paralegal and Legal Studies

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Paralegal and Legal 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 and Legal Studies,

Elizabeth.Nowakowski@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: PG

Program Goals Statement

The Associate of Science in Paralegal and Legal 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.

Upon completion of the program our graduates will be able to:

1. Understand the legal process and fundamental concepts of substantive areas of law

2. Identify and manage resolution of practical ethical dilemmas commonly encountered by working paralegals. 

3. Manage modern law offices through the use of technology and robust time management skills

4. Develop the skills to perform effective research and to prepare draft legal documents, including various memoranda and court-related correspondence, pleadings and forms

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 the Paralegal Internship, PLS 243, 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.
  • Nine (9) credits may be applied to the Legal Administrative Assistant degree.
  • Twelve (12) credits may be applied to the Legal Office Assistant certificate. 

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

Or

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Science Elective - choose one

Elective - Science

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-4

Program Requirements

PLS 105Law Office Management

3 credits

PLS 100Introduction to Legal Studies and Ethics

3 credits

PLS 101Civil Litigation and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 102Torts Law

3 credits

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 121Family Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 230Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 232Advanced Legal Research and Writing

3 credits

PLS 240Real Estate Law

3 credits

PLS 241Wills, Estates, and Trusts

3 credits

PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

Program Electives - choose one

PLS 220Bankruptcy Law

3 credits

PLS 231Interviewing and Investigation

3 credits

PLS 234Legal Ethics

3 credits

PLS 235Immigration Law

3 credits

PLS 242Business Organization for Paralegals

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

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

Or

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

PLS 105Law Office Management

3 credits

PLS 100Introduction to Legal Studies and Ethics

3 credits

PLS 101Civil Litigation and Procedure

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 102Torts Law

3 credits

PLS Elective

-3

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Science Elective

3-4 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

PLS 240Real Estate Law

3 credits

PLS 241Wills, Estates, and Trusts

3 credits

PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

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