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 in a blended classroom format or 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

Program DatesMassachusetts Lawyers Weekly Reader Rankings 2018 - Best Paralegal Program

The blended classroom program is offered on Saturdays in Boston each September, January, and April. The blended course meets in the classroom for 7 Saturdays, and the remaining coursework is completed online. The accelerated summer course meets in the classroom for 14 days over two and a half weeks in early June. 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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