Paralegal Studies

The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is an intensive program of courses designed to fulfill the needs of those who are interested in work related to the law, human services, government, or public policy, or continuing in their studies in the legal field. This program provides students with a broad exposure to various areas of the law and provides them with paralegal skills. Students who complete the certificate most often find employment with legal firms, banks, real estate agencies, and business corporations. Many students use the paralegal program as a foundation for either reading for the law or entering a law degree program.

Students complete 30 semester credits of coursework offered by practicing attorneys with practical experience in the legal profession. The credit requirements include a 3-credit internship in a law office, agency, or advocacy group or in the Burlington College Pro Se Legal Clinic under the instruction and supervision of an attorney. Unique to the Burlington College Paralegal Studies program, the clinic is designed to help people understand the legal system and learn how to represent themselves in the courts. Along with providing this important service to the community, the clinic educates paralegal students in a hands-on way to understand litigants, the courts and legal strategies. A certificate of completion of the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is awarded to those who satisfy the program requirements.

Students must complete the following courses to recieve the Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

Entry Level: 6 credits
GEN170 Writing for College and Beyond

Intermediate Level: 21 credits
Required (9 credits)
PLS205 Legal Research and Writing I
PLS228 Constitutional Law
PLS230 Legal Ethics: Theory and Practice

Electives (12 credits)
PLS210 Family Court and the Law
PLS220 Criminal Law and Enforcement
HUM273 Civic Scholar Seminar

Other learning activities, such as tutorials, may be arranged with the student’s academic advisor.

Internship: 3 credits
PLS303 Paralegal Studies Practicum
ACT303 Action Learning Seminar I

Total: 30 credits