Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost of the program is $3,995. Visit our Tuition and Payment Options pages for additional details.

Students have several payment options. They have the option to pay for the program in its entirety at the time of registration, consider a payment plan, or look into additional funding options.

Payment must be submitted in order to secure a spot in class.

There are no required texts for the online Paralegal Studies Program. All material will be available within the online learning platform.

Yes. To gain a better understanding of the online learning experience at BU, visit the online learning course tour.

The course can be accessed at the time of day that suits each student best, and there are no scheduled lectures. However, each two-week module contains assignments and assessments that must be submitted by stated deadlines in the course. Thus, it is important that students keep up with the program. To help keep students on track, faculty offer virtual office hours with each module where you can simply log in using the live classroom link. No appointment is needed.

Students should be prepared to spend 10-14 hours per week on each module.

Upon successful completion of the BU online Paralegal Studies Program, students will have earned a certificate from Boston University identifying that they have met the established academic requirements. Certification, on the other hand, is granted through an outside agency, and Boston University is not a certifying agency for any field. Students seeking to work as paralegals in the state of California are required by law to meet certain academic and professional requirements.

Access to WestlawNext is included at no additional charge. Students will be assigned a password available for the length of the 14-week program. This password will allow the student access for 60 hours per month, so it’s important that the student remember to log off when they’re not using the database.

The program is designed to be taken in its entirety, with modules complementing each other to offer a comprehensive overview of the paralegal field. As a result, students cannot register for a single module.

No, but we have found that most employers seeking to hire paralegals place more value on the reputation of Boston University when considering an applicant who’s earned the certificate.

Students should be able to perform the following basic tasks:
  • Create a document, name it, save it, and find it again on their computer
  • Attach a document to an email
  • Download a document or PDF, save it, and find it again on their computer
  • Locate a document on their computer and upload it to another site
  • Print a document
  • Edit a Word document with a .doc or .docx extension (assignments must be submitted in this format)
  • Listen to audio on their computer
  • Watch short video clips (two minutes long)
  • Navigate between multiple windows open simultaneously on their computer
  • Use an Internet browser
  • View a document with tracked changes embedded in it

The course requires a high-speed internet connection, as the learning platform will not function effectively using a dial-up line. The program can run on either a Mac or PC, but we suggest students not attempt to complete coursework on a tablet. The Blackboard system does not allow students to submit assignments or take exams (among other functions) from a tablet environment. To learn more about the necessary system requirements and what to expect from an online course, click here.

Boston University provides technical assistance for all online students. Contact details can be found in the course syllabus.

As the program is non-credit, official transcripts are unavailable. However, students can request an unofficial transcript by emailing the Center for Professional Education at with the following information:
  • Your name
  • Date you attended the program
  • Number of copies of transcripts requested
  • Address where you’d like your transcript(s) sent

BU values its students and strives to provide the best experience possible. If you have any issues, please contact an enrollment advisor at or (888) 700-3966. If you find that your issue cannot be resolved by academic or administrative departments, visit this page for more information.

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To learn more about the online Paralegal Studies Program, contact an enrollment advisor at (888) 700-3966 or fill out the form below to download a free brochure.

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