The ABA approved 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. The occupational emphasis of 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. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. Watch this video to learn more.
Programs of Study
- Associate Degree (63 credits)
- Paralegal Certificate (30 credits)
The Certificate Program is designed for students who already have an Associate or Bachelor’s degree and offers an accelerated course of study allowing students to compete the certificate in as little as one year with proper advising.
American Bar Association Approved
The Paralegal Studies program at Bucks is approved by the American Bar Association, the largest professional legal organization in the world. ABA Reapproval
- The Paralegal Studies program meets all ABA standards and guidelines for curriculum and certification
- An ABA approved degree is preferred among employers and law firms with ABA affiliation
- No more than three of the six required legal specialty courses and no more than two of the three required elective specialty courses may transfer into the BCCC Paralegal Program. Courses must have been completed through ABA approved paralegal program. Students may not transfer in any course to satisfy the requirement that they take LAWS-285
ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Source: www.bls.org
|Occupational Summary for Paralegals/Legal Assistants|
|5,059 Jobs (2014)
49% above National Average
|6.4% Change (2013-2014)
|$29.26/hr Median Earnings
Source: Economic Modeling Specialists
LEX Honor Society
The Paralegal Studies program at Bucks has an active chapter in the Lambda Epsilon Chi national honor society founded by the American Association for Paralegal Education. Each year, paralegal students at Bucks who meet high academic criteria will be cited for their academic achievements by inducting them into Lambda Epsilon Chi.
Bucks County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. View accreditations for the college, the Business Studies Department, and the Paralegal Area.
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.
Business Studies Department
Office Location: Penn Hall 401
Business Studies Department Office: 215-968-8227
Brenda A. Seibert, JD 215-968-8277
Paralegal Studies Program Director/Coordinator
Heather Costello, JD 215-968-8283
Chris Simcox, JD 215-968-8247
Tracy Timby, JD, MS 215-968-8225
Dean, Business Studies