Paralegal PAR.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 65 Credit Hours

Division: Business and Public Services
Department: Paralegal

You do not have to go to law school to have an exciting career in the legal profession! With the Paralegal Program, you will gain the knowledge and skills you need as a paralegal to work with attorneys to deliver a wide variety of legal services. The ABA approved Paralegal Program educates student through practical assignments and work models in the professional, ethical and technological concepts they will use in the legal field. All faculty are licensed attorneys in the state of Ohio and student learning is also supported by experienced paralegals who serve as team teachers. Classes are taught in a simulated law office environment that makes current practices and technology available to students. Legal research is conducted by students both online and in professional law libraries. All students produce a personal portfolio of their legal work and complete an attorney-supervised internship for hands-on experience using their paralegal skills.

Graduates may find work not only in large and small law firms, but also in corporations, real estate title companies, property management companies, courts and government agencies, non-profit organizations, human resource departments, asset management companies, colleges and universities among many others.

The national Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 18 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties than ever before, making them more useful to businesses.

The Sinclair College Paralegal Program provides a practical and interactive learning environment that prepares ethical, competent paralegals with the analytical, communication and technical skills necessary to excel in a diverse legal community.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

What is "Paralegal "?

The Paralegal program educates students with practical assignments in a simulated law office environment. All student work models the professional, ethical and technology concepts they will use in the legal field. Student learning is supported by experienced paralegals who serve as team teachers. All paralegal students are required to complete an attorney-supervised internship for hands-on experience using their paralegal skills.

Classes are taught in a simulated law office environment that makes current practices and technology available to students. All full-time faculty in the Paralegal program are licensed attorneys. Legal research is conducted by students both online and in professional law libraries. All students produce a personal portfolio of their legal work and benefit from an internship experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

A grade point average of 2.0 is required to enter the Paralegal program. A grade of C is required in all PAR courses. An overall grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to continue in the program, and is required for graduation.

Program Outcomes

  • Competently conduct factual and legal research and communicate the results clearly and concisely.
  • Demonstrate competency in current technology.
  • Competently prepare and interpret legal documents.
  • Exemplify a high standard of ethical and professional behavior individually and as a member of a legal team.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find work in large and small law firms, the business world, courts and government agencies. Under the supervision of a lawyer, a professional paralegal may perform such interesting duties as investigating cases, interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing legal documents and legal research. These responsibilities are carried out in a variety of legal fields, such as criminal law, probate, family law, litigation and real estate.

Transferability

Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.

Prerequisites

  • Approval of Department

Additional Requirements

Requirements for enrollment in the Paralegal program are successful scores on the Assessment Placement Tests; or completion of the Developmental courses for Reading, Math and Writing; or transfer credits equivalent to college level Math and English courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater is required and must be maintained at all times throughout the completion of the program.

Curriculum

Course Title Credits
Paralegal Elective 6
Ohio Transfer Module: Arts & Humanities Elective 3
ACC 1210 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
BIS 1120 Introduction to Software Applications 3
COM 2206 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1199 Textual Editing 3
ENG 1201 English Composition II 3
LAW 1101 Business Law 3
MAT 1120 Business Mathematics 3
PAR 1101 Paralegal Principles 3
PAR 1102 Legal Technology 1
PAR 1103 Litigation 3
PAR 1201 Legal Research & Writing 3
PAR 1202 Advanced Legal Technology 1
PAR 1203 Advanced Litigation 3
PAR 1204 Real Estate Law 3
PAR 2301 Advanced Legal Research & Writing 3
PAR 2302 Family Law 3
PAR 2303 Probate Law 3
PAR 2401 Paralegal Internship 3
(PSY 1100 OR SOC 1101) 3
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Program Accreditation Information

The Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association, and fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accreditation recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. All full-time faculty in the Paralegal Program are licensed attorneys. Sinclair is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs of study are approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. Completion of the Paralegal Program does not authorize a graduate to practice law as an attorney, or to give legal advice.


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