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The Blackstone Difference

Why Choose Blackstone?

Blackstone Career Institute is superior when it comes to your two most critical concerns as you choose your education:


The Blackstone Curriculum is built on the most highly respected plan for legal training ever produced, a series called Modern American Law, initiated at the University of Chicago in the 19th century… and still thriving today as the most definitive legal curriculum in existence.

Distance Education

Blackstone is cited in the 1969 World Book Encyclopedia as the pioneer in the concept of distance education. In other words, you can consider Blackstone the inventor of the study-from-home concept! More than a century of expertise in helping students learn from home is something you will not find anywhere else.

Along with these distinctions, Blackstone offers you:

Impeccable Reputation

Blackstone’s reputation relies on our continued success. We have continuously provided career training since 1890, with the distinction of being one of the oldest distance education training schools in the country.

Exam Preparation

The Blackstone program exceeds the 900 clock hours required if you choose to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) examination administred through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

Committed, Responsive Administrative Staff

The Blackstone staff is committed to your success and always ready to help you. The members of the administration have backgrounds in business law, as well as educational degrees and unmatched experience in distance education.

Formal Recognition

Blackstone is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), Washington, D.C., regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools, and licensed by the State Board of Private Licensed Schools, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Educational Value

Tuition rates for all Blackstone programs include everything you need to complete your program. It is an extraordinary value, not available anywhere else!


Included in your tuition is a one year student membership to LexisNexis, the research tool used by legal professionals.

Our Online Student Center allows you to download lessons, take exams online, receive instant grade results, chat with other students, read up-to-the-minute news, participate in student discussion boards, and more!

History and Development of Blackstone’s Paralegal Studies

Blackstone Career Institute owns the original curriculum for legal training. The vision of a thorough but simple reference series-one that would make law accessible to laymen-led to the foundation of the Blackstone Institute in 1890. The series was Modern American Law, and its authors were among the most respected of district judges, law professors, state supreme court justices, and members of the Board of Law Examiners. Special contributors included such distinguished men as:

  • Henry Parker Willis, secretary of the Federal Reserve Board
  • Joseph E. Davies, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission
  • George Sutherland, Utah state senator
  • William H. Taft, former President of the United States

The first edition of the books was published in complete form in 1916, four years after the work was started. The response was tremendous. Experts instantly recognized the splendid editorial work and the manner in which the books filled a long-felt need. Court after court added the series to their libraries, as did legislative and public libraries. Many resident law schools adopted certain articles for their classrooms, and attorneys purchased the books for reference. The series was used and recommended by judges, lawyers, and laymen. They considered it the best, and only, simple yet authoritative commentary on the law.

Before the series was completed it had been accepted and cited as an authority by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin in the case of Dingman v. Hillbery, 149 Western 761, decided in November 1914. Since that time many other state Supreme Courts and United States District Courts have also cited the books. The present texts reflect many revisions and are continually updated as changes in law and legal procedure occur. The series was acclaimed as a masterpiece when the first edition appeared and subsequent editions have continued to add to its laurels.

Today this set stands uniquely as the only law series ever prepared for home study purposes which has received such high recognition and is cited by supreme courts as “authoritative”. Modern American Law, the first series of study of its kind, led to the development of Blackstone Institute, the first school of its kind. The Modern American Law series continues to be the backbone of Blackstone’s Paralegal Studies program today.

Read a personal message from Kevin McCloskey, President of BCI:

First of all, congratulations on taking the next step into looking at our Blackstone Career Institute programs. Now that you’re here, I’d like to take a couple minutes to tell you why I think Blackstone has the finest at-home study programs for aspiring professionals.

Why Blackstone? Well, we’ve been providing career training since 1890, making us the first and oldest distance education training school. We’re at the forefront of career training and we’ve got a curriculum of study that takes a backseat to no one. We prepare our students to go out into the world with the confidence to start their careers. They enter the job market knowing what they need to know, what to do, and when to do it. In short, we teach you how to get things done.

You can complete your studies at a pace that suits you. Got a busy week? You can pick up your studies when things are less hectic. Going away on a trip? We’ll be here when you get back. You set your hours and the amount of time you put into your studies.

Do we offer the best at-home career programs available? We’ve worked hard to be able to say “yes!” But we’re also constantly working to upgrade and update our studies so that Blackstone Career Institute stays at the top of its field.

If you’ve read this far, thanks for staying with my message. It’s so hard to condense my pride in our school into a couple of paragraphs. Check us out. Whether you take a course to pursue a new career, advance your education, or simply achieve a personal fulfillment, your success is our goal.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations
  • National Association of Legal Assistants
  • National Paralegal Association
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Better Business Bureau