For more than twenty years, Boston University’s Center for Professional Education has offered programs designed to provide essential skills for success in the paralegal field. The Paralegal Studies Program emphasizes expertise in writing, research, and technology—core skills that are valued and sought after in all areas of law.

Over fourteen weeks, students learn comprehensive legal theory from Boston University’s experienced instructors—who, as practicing attorneys, bring real-life experiences to the program. Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Boston University.

Available online, the Paralegal Studies Program covers the following topics:

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing and Reasoning
  • Legal Technologies
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Litigation
  • Probate and Family Law

Effective May 20, 2020, for the foreseeable future, the blended Paralegal program has been discontinued.  Historic information, including course descriptions, is available here.  

Program DatesMassachusetts Lawyers Weekly Reader Rankings 2018 - Best Paralegal Program

The online program is offered six times a year.


Students must have a strong command of the English language. While a bachelor’s degree is not required, we recommend either a bachelor’s degree, or significant related work experience.

Online Paralegal Certificate Program

To inquire about Boston University’s Online Paralegal Studies Program, including upcoming course schedules and registration, please contact our enrollment advisors by calling 1-857-366-9338 or visit BU Online Paralegal.

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