Paralegal (PAR)

Description

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.

Program Code

PAR.AAB

Benefits

Employment Options

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 Starting Salary Projections

$26,000 - $46,000 annual salary

Employment Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 17 percent increase in jobs for paralegals through 2022, 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. Employment opportunities for paralegals in Cincinnati are very good.

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

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

Co-op Salary Projections

$9/hr - $12/hr

Curriculum

Effective 2017-2018 academic year

Paralegal (PAR.AAB)

First Year
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 11X Computer Elective (B)   2 2 3
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)   3 0 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
XXX XXX Legal Specialty Elective 1 (T)   3 0 3
Semester 3      
LAW 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Legal Assistant ( T) 1 40 2
XXX XXX Management/Marketing Elective (B)   3 0 3
Semester 4      
ACC 101 Financial Accounting ( B) 2 2 3
IM 225 Legal Transcription and Formatting ( T) 2 3 3
LAW 120 Legal Research and Writing ( T) 2 2 3
XXX XXX Social Science Elective (G)   3 0 3
XXX XXX Legal Specialty Elective 2 (T)   3 0 3
Semester 5      
LAW 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Legal Assistant ( T) 1 40 2
Semester 6      
LAW 210 Litigation ( T) 2 2 3
LAW 290 Paralegal Capstone ( T) 2 3 3
XXX XXX Legal Specialty Elective 3 (T)   3 0 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective (G)   3 0 3
Total Credits:   54 97 63

Electives

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
Computer Elective  
IM 111 Computer Applications 1 3
IM 112 Computer Applications 2 3
Mathematics Elective  
MAT 111 Business Mathematics 3
MAT 115 Pre-Statistics 3
MAT 131 Statistics 1 3
MAT 151 College Algebra 4
Management/Marketing Elective  
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
MGT 105 Human Resource Management 3
MGT 120 Entrepreneurship 3
MGT 130 Project Management 3
MKT 101 Principles of Marketing * 3
MKT 110 Sales and Customer Relations  
Legal Specialty Electives (9 credit hours required)  
ACC 115 Accounting Software Applications: Sage (Peachtree) 1
ACC 121 Computerized Bookkeeping: QuickBooks 1 1
ACC 122 Computerized Bookkeeping: QuickBooks 2 1
CRJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 135 Criminal Law 3
HIM 105 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 2
IM 120 Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel 3
IM 135 Business Document Formatting 3
IM 150 Electronic Presentations: Microsoft PowerPoint 3
IM 155 Emerging Technologies and Social Media 3
ITP 130 Legal Issues of Deafness 1
LAW 110 Employment Law 3
LAW 140 Copyright and Trademark Law in Entertainment Industries 3
LAW 150 Bankruptcy, Debt Collection and Secured Transactions 3
LAW 160 Administrative Law Practices and Procedures 2
LBR 105 Introduction to Labor and Employee Relations 3
NDR 100 Introduction to Negotiation and Dispute Resolution 3
RE 105 Real Estate Law 3
Arts/Humanities Elective  
Any Transfer Module course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 130 3
Social Science Elective  
Any Transfer Module course from GEO, HST, LBR, POL, PSY, SOC 3
*

 Has a corequisite of ECO 105

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

Contacts

Program Chair
Laura Drake, JD
(513) 569-1547