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Accelerate Your Career by Earning a Paralegal Certificate Online

Online Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

Boston University is dedicated to its mission of providing accessible programs that encourage professional development and meet exacting standards of academic excellence. As part of that goal, BU is proud to offer the fully online Paralegal Certificate Program—a focused, convenient way to develop the skills necessary to excel and gain a certificate that gives you a competitive edge in your paralegal career search.


  • Develop Essential Skills

  • Learn from Practicing Attorneys

  • Explore Expanded Career Paths

  • Complete in 14 Weeks

  • Affordable All-Inclusive Tuition

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Program Summary

Pairing academic rigor with the convenience of online learning, this online paralegal certificate program features a curriculum that’s both comprehensive and flexible. This non-credit certificate consists of modules that explore everything from the technology and tools used by paralegals in the field to the nuances of popular areas of law. The online paralegal certificate coursework offers aspiring paralegals the chance to develop the specific professional know-how that employers are seeking. Those already in the field can also benefit by learning new foundational legal knowledge and further developing their research and writing skills.

Watch our online Paralegal Studies Program overview with Joe Spada

Online Paralegal Studies Certificate Program Benefits

The online Paralegal Certificate Program offers a number of distinct benefits to its students, including:

  • Interaction with BU Instructors—each of them practicing attorneys who bring their expertise into the classroom
  • An all-inclusive, affordable price
  • An intensive course of study that is completed in 14 weeks
  • A unique technology module that provides hands-on experience in the latest software utilized by paralegals
  • Access to a community of peers in the field to help students expand their professional network
  • Access to virtual office hours with each module. No appointment needed.
  • The ability to complete paralegal courses from anywhere in a convenient online format

Online Paralegal Studies Certificate Coursework

The online Paralegal Certificate Program consists of seven, two-week modules that make up the fundamental coursework. The paralegal certificate can be earned in fourteen weeks upon the successful completion of these modules:

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing and Reasoning
  • Legal Technologies
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Litigation
  • Probate and Family Law
  • View full course descriptions on the curriculum page.

Watch Our Recent Webinar

Become a Paralegal: Setting Yourself Up for Success in a High-demand Profession

Watch a recording of an in-depth presentation given by program director Joseph P. Spada exploring the many facets of becoming and working as a paralegal, including:

  • The essential job functions performed by paralegals
  • Paralegal hiring trends
  • Transitioning into the field
  • What to look for in an online paralegal certificate program