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Paralegal Certificate (LAW)


The Paralegal Certificate program at Cincinnati State prepares students for careers in the legal profession in three key employment areas: employees of attorneys (the dominant category), self-employed individuals who work for attorneys, and self-employed individuals who provide their services directly to the public with attorney supervision.

Students learn substantive and procedural law, concentrating on the most prevalent areas of legal practice, as well as general civil and criminal litigation practice.

Students earning the Administrative Office Professional associate's degree with emphasis in the Legal Administrative Assistant track may wish to add the Paralegal Certificate to enhance their studies.

To be admitted to the certificate programs, students must have an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, or Program Chair consent.

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Conduct proficient legal research
  • Draft effective and persuasive legal documents

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Paralegal

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Earnings of paralegals and legal assistants vary greatly depending upon education, training, experience, type and size of employer, and the geographic location of the job. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for full-time paralegals and legal assistants is $43,040.

Employment Outlook

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.


Effective 2020-2021 academic year

Paralegal Certificate (LAW)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
LAW 101 Business Law 3 0 3
IM 130 Electronic Word Processing: Microsoft Word 2 3 3
IM 165 Legal Office Environment 3 0 3
XXX XXX Computer Skills Elective   3 0 3
XXX XXX Technical Elective   3 0 3
Semester 2      
LAW 120 Legal Research and Writing 3 0 3
LAW 130 Estate Planning, Family and Probate Law 3 0 3
LAW 210 Litigation 3 0 3
IM 225 Legal Transcription and Formatting 2 3 3
LAW 290 Paralegal Capstone 3 0 3
Total Credits:   28 6 30


Computer Skills Elective (3 credit hours required)  
ACC 121 Computerized Bookkeeping: QuickBooks 1 1
ACC 122 Computerized Bookkeeping: QuickBooks 2 1
IM 107 Introductory Electronic Presentations: Microsoft PowerPoint 1
IM 108 Introductory Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel 1
IM 109 Introductory Database Management: Microsoft Access 1
IM 111 Computer Applications 3
IM 120 Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel 3
IM 135 Business Document Formatting 3
IM 140 Electronic Database Management: Microsoft Access 3
IM 145 Document Proofreading and Editing 3
IM 150 Electronic Presentations: Microsoft PowerPoint 3
IM 155 Emerging Technologies and Social Media 3
Technical Elective (3 credit hours required)  
ACC 115 Accounting Software Applications: Sage (Peachtree) 2
ACC 175 Federal Taxation: Individuals 3
ACC 180 Federal Taxation: Business 3
CRJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 110 Introduction to Policing 3
CRJ 115 Introduction to Corrections 3
CRJ 120 Introduction to Courts 3
CRJ 125 Criminology 3
CRJ 130 Criminal Investigation Skills 3
CRJ 135 Criminal Law 3
HIM 105 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 2
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
LBR 105 Introduction to Labor and Employee Relations 3
RE 105 Real Estate Law 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


Program Chair
Colleen Meyer M.Ed., CIW-CI, CIW Associate, Microsoft Office Specialist (Interim Program Chair)
(513) 569-1656
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