Paralegal Studies

The Paralegal Studies program at Bucks County Community College was established to fill the ever increasing need for legal support people in the world of law. Courses are offered during the spring, fall and summer semesters. 

Check out this video about the program.

The purpose of the Paralegal Studies program is to provide professional occupational instruction. This program will qualify students to serve as paralegals for employment by attorneys, law offices, governmental agencies, or other entities in capacities or functions that involve the performance of specifically delegated substantive legal work, under the ultimate direction and supervision of attorneys.   The degree program is available to those who wish to pursue the associate degree.  For those who have already earned thirty (30) college credits, eighteen (18) of which meet general education requirements, the certificate program is an available option.

The Paralegal Studies program at Bucks is approved by the American Bar Association ABA Reapproval and is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.  Bucks County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The College is also an approved institution of higher education in Pennsylvania by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Business Studies Department, of which the Paralegal Studies Area is a part, is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

NEW ACCELERATED CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR FALL 2014!

The Paralegal Studies Department is excited to announce our Accelerated Cerificate program! Beginning in Fall 2014, we will be offering 7.5 week modular classes for the first and second part of each semester. For example, if a student registers for LAWS100 (Intro to Paralegal Studies) and MGMT 130(Business Law) in the Early Modular for Fall 2014, they will have the option of taking 2 LAWS electives in the Late Modular for Fall 2014. This means FOUR courses will be done in the ONE semester!

Additionally, students will be able to take another LAWS elective in the 3 week intersession.

The Spring 2015 semester will mirror the Fall semester with the 7.5 week modular courses. Again, Ceritificate students would have similar options as the Fall and would be able to complete another four courses in the Spring. That would leave students with only 1 course to complete, which could be done in Summer Session I.

This Accelerated option allows students to complete the entire program in less than a year! 

For more information or if you have any questions, please email or call us we'll be happy to help you! 

Contact Information

Email: studylaw@bucks.edu

Business Studies Department

Office Location: Penn Hall 401

Office Phone Numbers:

Business Studies Department Office: 215-968-8227

Paralegal Studies Coordinator: Heather Costello, JD 215-968-8283
Email: Heather.Costello@bucks.edu                                                                                           

Dean: Tracy Timby
Email: Tracy.Timby@bucks.edu

Administrative Asst: Mary Kuna 215-968-8227
Email: Mary.Kuna@bucks.edu

ABA Paralegal Requirements

Paralegal students are required to take four face to face three credit courses. 

Students must meet with an Advisor prior to registration for a review of his/her student plan.  This plan shows all of the classes the student has taken and enables the advisor to insure the students take four, three credit classes in a traditional classroom format.

Four face to face 3 credit classes MUST be taken in order to graduate.