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Complete in Just 14 Weeks · Develop Essential Skills · Explore Expanded Career Paths
Learn from Practicing Attorneys · Affordable, All-Inclusive Tuition

14 Weeks · Faculty-Led · Original Curriculum · Affordable, All-Inclusive Tuition

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Paralegal Studies Program

Whether you’re seeking to become a paralegal or you’re already an established legal professional interested in honing your skills, the fully online Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at Boston University can help you reach your goals.

The program explores critical professional competencies in demand by employers, preparing you for the real day-to-day tasks of the field. Through the program, you will participate in focused coursework that examines the fundamental nuances of legal writing, research, and some of the advanced technical tools used by successful paralegals. The curriculum covers core areas of law—Legal Writing and Reasoning, Legal Research, Legal Technologies, Real Estate Law, Family Law and Probate, Business Law, and Litigation—to prepare you for diverse legal settings.

If your goal is to become a paralegal or you’re already an established legal support professional interested in a respected educational credential, the fully online Paralegal Studies Program at Boston University can help you create a career with value.

The program, taught by experienced attorneys, teaches crucial on-the-job competencies that are relevant to your résumé, preparing you to capably handle the real tasks of the profession. As a student, you will study the basics and intricacies of legal writing, research, and other practical skills used by successful paralegals. Learn about different kinds of law: real estate law, family and probate law, business law, and litigation—to position yourself for success in a variety of sectors.

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The program provides a number of distinct benefits, including:

  • Interaction with BU faculty—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 you build your professional network
  • The ability to complete coursework from anywhere in a convenient online format

Fill out the form to request more information about the online Paralegal Studies Certificate Program and download a free brochure.

The program distinguishes itself via:

  • A reputation for excellence: polish your résumé with a credential from a university ranked as one of the best in the country (U.S. News & World Report) that has been teaching paralegals for more than 40 years.
  • Dedicated faculty: the paralegal certificate is taught by established attorneys with in-depth knowledge of the legal field and teaching experience.
  • Proprietary curriculum: while other programs may receive their content from a 3rd party company, BU develops original coursework in-house with input from Boston-area legal firms.
  • An all-inclusive, affordable price: complete your certificate for just $3,995, which includes access to the WestlawNext database and all required course materials.
  • Flexibility: the asynchronous structure of the program allows you to schedule your class time around other work and family obligations.
  • Contact with experts: attend weekly (biweekly) webinar sessions to review materials and get a richer understanding of the content.
  • Accessibility: this is a 100% online program with a simple registration process to attend.
  • Prompt completion: the program takes just 14 weeks, with more than a 90% completion rate.

Given the above, we believe that BU is the superior option for your paralegal education and the best choice to transition into the legal industry, especially if you already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline that will further strengthen your marketability.

Please fill out the form to request more information about the online Paralegal Studies Program and download a free brochure.

Boston University

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally-recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 32,500 students, it is the fourth-largest private university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

As one of the University’s 17 degree-granting bodies, Metropolitan College (MET) offers more than 70 part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, providing a flexible learning environment that supports the academic, professional, and intellectual needs of working adults. Along with convenient evening classes, Metropolitan College also offers a variety of high-quality online and blended-format programs.

As part of Boston University’s Metropolitan College, the Center for Professional Education (CPE) helps professionals adapt to changes in their industries, maintain best practices, and prepare for important certification exams. Taught by recognized industry experts, the Center’s high-quality, non-credit programs focus on updating knowledge, honing current skills, and developing new abilities. Online courses of study include Commercial Real Estate Practice; Financial Planning; Genealogical Research; Paralegal Studies and Professional Fundraising.

BU draws from a wealth of legal knowledge, having taught paralegal studies for more than 40 years. Given this rich history, Boston University is a strong option for your continued education and professional development.

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University Rankings

  • #74 in the worldTimes Higher Education 2019
  • #42 in the nationU.S. News & World Report (Best National Universities 2019)
  • #46 Best Global UniversitiesU.S. News & World Report (2019)
  • #18 Best Colleges for VeteransU.S. News & World Report (2019)
  • #4 Best Online Colleges— (2018-19)
  • #38 Best Values in Private Colleges 2018 based on academic excellence and economic value—Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Fill out the form to request more information about the online Paralegal Studies Certificate Program and download a free brochure.