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Paralegal

Interested in the Legal World? Jump in with Sinclair’s Paralegal Department

The American Bar Association defines a paralegal, or legal assistant, as “a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”

The paralegal program at Sinclair provides you with a wealth of knowledge to help you prepare to work in the legal community or even begin a pre-law educational path.

This program might be for you if:

  • You enjoy conducting research, solving problems and communicating the results.
  • You are interested in learning more about law and its practices.
  • You would like to gain experience to prepare for law school.
  • You want to work as a part of a legal team or just gain hands-on experience and networking opportunities.

Paralegals are valued members of the legal community. The Dayton Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association and the American Bar Association have recognized this fact by offering memberships in their associations to paralegals. The challenge of the paralegal career area is as broad as the law itself. The Sinclair Paralegal Program has been developed to provide training that can meet this challenge.

NOTE:

  • Completion of the paralegal program does not authorize a graduate to practice law as an attorney.
  • Students must take at least ten semester credit hours or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction per ABA guidelines.

Degree Programs


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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Paralegal Agreements

Sinclair Community College has worked to develop program-specific agreements to assist you in a more seamless process when transferring from a specific Sinclair degree program to a bachelor’s degree program in the same area of study.

Programs & Articulation Agreements

Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science

Articulation agreements are in place for transfer to:

  • Ohio University (Criminal Justice)
  • University of Cincinnati (Paralegal Studies)

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including some paralegal program requirements, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

View articulation agreements »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module…

Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the paralegal program, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: