Overview

The Paralegal degree program prepares students to become Paralegals, also known as Legal Assistants. While earning an Associate of Applied Business degree, students gain knowledge and skills required to assist attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals in many legal practice settings.

Students learn to investigate facts, conduct research on legal issues, interview clients, organize and evaluate case materials, draft legal documents, and communicate effectively with legal professionals. Students also gain knowledge of substantive and procedural law, concentrating on the most prevalent areas of legal practice.

In addition, students gain understanding of legal office procedures, time management, and organizational skills.

Cooperative education experience provides practical hands-on training to help students begin a career as a Paralegal.

AA/PAR
6:05 minutes

Contacts

Program Chair

Colleen Meyer
M.Ed., CIW-CI, CIW Associate, Microsoft Office Specialist

Co-op Coordinator

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Assist attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals in many legal practice settings

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant

Graduate Employment Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 10 percent increase in jobs for paralegals through 2029, which is faster than the average for all professions. Opportunities are expected to grow as law firms attempt to lower expenses by using the cost-effective services provided by paralegals. Due to the rise of electronic discovery, formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects. Employment opportunities for paralegals in Cincinnati are very good.

$39,810 - $51,920 annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Frost Brown Todd
  • Keating Muething & Klekamp
  • Lerner, Sampson & Rothfuss
  • Magelaner & Associates

$9/hr - $12/hr

Co-op Salary Projections

Contacts

Program Chair

Colleen Meyer
M.Ed., CIW-CI, CIW Associate, Microsoft Office Specialist

Co-op Coordinator

Curriculum

Effective 2022-2023 academic year

Paralegal (PAR)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
IM 165 Legal Office Environment ( B) 3 0 3
LAW 101 Business Law ( B) 3 0 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
IM 111 Computer Applications ( B) 2 3 3
Semester 2
BUS 190 Professional Practices ( B) 1 0 1
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication ( G) 3 0 3
IM 130 Electronic Word Processing: Microsoft Word ( T) 2 3 3
LAW 130 Estate Planning, Family and Probate Law ( T) 3 0 3
LAW 110 Employment and Administrative Law ( T) 3 0 3
Semester 3
LAW 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Legal Assistant ( G) 1 40 2
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G) 2 2 3
Semester 4
ACC 101 Financial Accounting ( B) 2 2 3
IM 225 Legal Document Formatting ( T) 2 3 3
LAW 120 Legal Research and Writing ( T) 3 0 3
LAW 150 Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, and Secured Transactions ( T) 3 0 3
XXX XXX Social Science Elective (G) 3 0 3
Semester 5
LAW 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Legal Assistant ( T) 1 40 2
XXX XXX Management Elective (B) 3 0 3
Semester 6
LAW 210 Litigation ( T) 3 0 3
LAW 290 Paralegal Capstone ( T) 2 3 3
XXX XXX Legal Specialty Elective 1 (T) 3 0 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective (G) 3 0 3
Total Credits: 55 96 63

Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
FYE 120 College Success Strategies: Campus Integration 4
Mathematics Elective
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning 3
MAT 111 Business Mathematics 3
MAT 131 Statistics 1 3
MAT 151 College Algebra 4
Management Elective
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
MGT 105 Human Resource Management 3
Legal Specialty Electives (3 credit hours required)
CRJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 120 Introduction to Courts 3
RE 105 Real Estate Law 3
Arts/Humanities Elective
Any Transfer Module course from ART, MUS, THE, or ART 120 or any course from COMM (except COMM 110), CULT, FRN, ITP, LIT, PHI, REL, SPN 3
Social Science Elective
Any Transfer Module course from GEO, HST, LBR, POL, PSY, SOC 3
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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