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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs


Bay Path University, Longmeadow
Elms College, Chicopee
Middlesex Community College (Bedford and Lowell Campuses), Lowell
Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill
North Shore Community College, Danvers
Suffolk University, Boston

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Bay Path University
Legal Studies
588 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Program Director: Justin H. Dion
Telephone: 413.565.1305
Fax: 413.565.1131

Type of Institution: Private, 2 yr, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 1 year (Students with 60 or more college credits can apply for entrance into our Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies Program).
Internships: Mandatory for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Associate in Science; recommended for Certificate.
For more information: www.baypath.edu
Description: Bay Path College's ABA approved programs have over 600 graduates and a current enrollment of over 200. Students may choose to attend days, evenings, or weekends. Graduates of all programs receive the Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies. Minors include Psychology, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, or Interdisciplinary courses of the student's choice. The college offers new electives, including Forensic Law, Trademarks & Patents, and Elder Law. Faculty includes local attorneys and judges who invite students to their courtrooms to discuss the trial process. Graduates are well-positioned to obtain employment in a variety of law-related settings or continue to law/graduate school. A private women's college in beautiful Longmeadow, MA, Bay Path boasts small classes, state of the art technology, an impressive library and placement assistance.

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Elms College
Paralegal and Legal Studies Program
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
Director: Kurt Ward
Telephone: 413.265-2375
Fax: 413.594.8173

Type of Institution: Private, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Associate in Arts, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Legal Nurse Consulting Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: two semesters for students in full-time certificate program
Internships: Mandatory for BA degrees
For more information: www.elms.edu/academics/academic-divisions/social-sciences/legal-studies.xml
Description: ABA approved since 1987, program options include bachelor degrees in paralegal, legal studies, or social services paralegal; an associate's degree in paralegal; and post-degree certificates in paralegal and legal nurse consulting. A core legal curriculum provides an in-depth legal foundation. Various electives and concentrations, including juvenile, criminal justice, and sport and entertainment law, emphasize practical learning experiences through internships, service learning, and mock trials. Students have access to the latest in computerized legal research and technology. Web-enhanced courses give students 24-hour access to materials. The director of the program is the co-author of a textbook in paralegal studies.

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Middlesex Community College (Bedford and Lowell Campuses)
Paralegal Program
33 Kearney Square
Lowell, MA 01852-1987
Director: Halye Sugarman
Telephone: 781.280.3768
Fax: 978.656.3150

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Science Degree, Post-graduate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 1 year for post-graduate; 2 years for Associate in Science degree
Internships: Mandatory for A.S. career track majors; elective for transfer majors and post-graduate certificate majors
For more information: www.Middlesex.mass.edu/paralegal
Description: The Associate Degree program is divided into two tracks: Career Track and Transfer Track. The Transfer Track graduates meet the requirements of "Mass. Transfer", which provides full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission, and a tuition discount (each based on final GPA) to any Mass. Public four-year institution.  Students in the Career Track have as one of their internship opportunities working in the Attorney General's consumer protection program.  Students holding an A.S. or B.S. degree in another field are eligible for the 27-credit post-graduate certificate program.  Students may choose to attend classes on either the Lowell or Bedford campus.  Classes are available days and evenings.  The program offers a limited number of paralegal courses in an alternative delivery format.

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Northern Essex Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
45 Franklin Street
Elliott Way
Lawrence, MA 01841
Director: Judith Pollock-Ciampi
Telephone: 978.738.7409
Fax: 978.738.7450

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 4 semesters of 5 courses each for AS: 4 semesters of 5 courses each; Certificate: 2 semesters, 9 courses.
Internships: Elective
For more information:
Description: The Associate Degree program is split into two options: Transfer option and Career option. The Career option is designed for students who plan to seek employment after receiving their associate degree and do not plan to further their education. This options focuses on the practical aspects of the profession and offers more flexibility with electives. The transfer option is designed for students wishing to transfer to another institution to earn a bachelor's degree. This option is designed to maximize the transferability of credits to a four-year institution. The Certificate program is considered a post-graduate degree program.

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North Shore Community College
Paralegal Program
One Ferncroft Road
P.O. Box 3340
Danvers, MA 01923-0840
Director: Kathleen A. Hirbour
Telephone: 978.762.4000, ext. 5537
Fax: 978.762.4068

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Internships: Mandatory for Associate degree, Elective for certificate
For more information: www.northshore.edu/departments
Decription: 120 hours in internship and 2 hour seminar each week for 15 week semester. Certificate program available to students with an associate degree in another field.

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Suffolk University
Paralegal Studies Program
College of Arts & Sciences
Education and Human Services Department
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Director: Mary Flaherty
Telephone: 617.305.1958
Fax: 617.305.1743

Type of Institution: Private
Degrees Offered: Associate in Science, Baccalaureate Degree, Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program
Minimum length of time to complete program: 9 months for certificate (when beginning in fall semester)
Internship: Mandatory for degree programs; Elective for certificate program
For more information: www.suffolk.edu/paralegal
Description: Located next to Government Center in downtown Boston, Paralegal Studies at Suffolk University offers an Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. In this ABA approved program, courses are intended as a legal employment credential and prepare students to work in a law office, corporate office, government agency or other offices working with the law. Paralegal classes and the required general education courses for the degree options are available both during the day and in the evening, which makes it easy for students to combine work and school.

Updated: 10/5/2015

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