Paralegal Studies Certificate

Program Goals Statement

The Paralegal Studies certificate provides 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 basic skills in legal research.
  • Gain work experience by selecting PLS 243- Paralegal Internship, which places students in legal positions related to their academic program and career goal.
  • Courses are offered day and evening.
  • Some courses are offered online.
  • PLS courses are taught by licensed attorneys with J.D.s from ABA - accredited Law Schools.
  • All credits may be applied to an associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies.

Related Programs

  • Paralegal Studies degree
  • Legal Administrative Assistant degree
  • Legal Office Assistant certificate

After Bristol

  • Employment in a variety of legal 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.
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Academic Area

Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Degree Offered

Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies

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Program Contact

Elizabeth Nowakowski
Program Coordinator

Patricia Sherblom
Associate Dean of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education

Sarmad Saman
Interim Dean of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education


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