Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies

Welcome to the University of Cincinnati Clermont’s American Bar Association approved Paralegal Studies Program.

Our program is one of Ohio’s premier paralegal education programs. For over 15 years, the Program has been providing students with a dynamic and challenging course of study in preparation for a career in the legal profession. Our graduates can be found working small, medium and large law firms in the greater Cincinnati area and at state, and federal government agencies.

Our classes are taught by experienced attorneys and offer practical, hands-on legal training. We have earned the approval of the American Bar Association since 2001. Whether you are a recent college graduate seeking a marketable skill, looking to change careers, returning to the workforce, or considering law school, the Paralegal Studies Program may be right for you. If you feel the career is “right for you”, then we hope you choose UC Clermont to launch your new career!

In the last 10 years, the paralegal profession has become one of the most booming occupations in the country.

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, 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, making them more useful to businesses.

Demand for paralegals also is expected to grow as an expanding population increasingly requires legal services, especially in areas such as intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law. The growth of prepaid legal plans also should contribute to the demand for legal services.

Private law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, but a growing array of other organizations, such as corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real-estate and title insurance firms, and banks also hire paralegals. Corporations in particular are expected to increase their in-house legal departments to cut costs. The wide range of tasks paralegals can perform has helped to increase their employment in small and medium-size establishments of all types.

Many of our students earning their associate degree or post associate certificate go on to complete their bachelor’s degree. We have an agreement with UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services for students to complete their bachelor’s degree with only two more years of classroom work. Even better, all of the courses can be taken on our campus or at UC East.

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


Paralegal Studies

What is Paralegal Studies?

The paralegal field is growing and offers opportunities in many different areas of concentration. A paralegal in the Cincinnati region can work in a variety of legal fields, such as finding success with corporate firms, private firms, or in the public arena.

Paralegals play a vital role in the legal system by completing essential legal tasks that ensure the delivery of quality legal services to the client. A paralegal’s primary role is to provide support to attorneys. Paralegals may work specifically with one lawyer or work with a group of several attorneys. The work that paralegals do varies based on the size and practice area of the firm at which they are employed, but commonly includes such tasks as meeting with clients, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, researching case law and legal precedents, drafting documents, pleadings and correspondence with clients and the court.

Much like attorneys, paralegals can choose a certain type of law, which can determine the type work they will do on a regular basis. A litigation paralegal, for example, may prepare clients for trial, interview witnesses, research legal precedents pertinent to a case, and must have a wide knowledge of the court rules and evidentiary issues. A paralegal degree does more than provide opportunities in the legal field. Many other industries need paralegals, including real estate, hospitals, nonprofits and health care systems.

Familiarity with computers and technology has become essential to paralegal work. Computer software, databases and the Internet are used to search client information and conduct legal research. Paralegals often use computer databases to retrieve, organize and index various materials. Imaging software allows paralegals to scan documents directly into a database, while billing programs help them to track hours billed to clients.

Excellent communication skills, a willingness to learn computer software applications and attention to detail are important attributes to succeed as a paralegal. You should have good people skills, be an independent worker and have a high degree of personal integrity.

Career Possibilities

The paralegal profession has been a growth occupation for the past 25 years.

“Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects." — U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

A paralegal has many options for employment. This is a growing career, and a challenging one. If this sounds like the career for you, call today to meet with one of our advisors!

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

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty to student ratio is low. You will find our small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Our paralegal program places a strong emphasis on learning legal technology. Many of the classes are taught in a computer lab with hands-on use of the software typically used in a law office setting.

Admission Requirements

If you have taken paralegal courses at other institutions, you may petition the program director to transfer those credits to our program. Credits must be from a regionally accredited, ABA or an institutional member of AAfPE to be considered.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Our paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Quick Facts

Associate of Applied Business Degree in Paralegal Studies

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

UC Clermont & UC East

Contact

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
Enrollment Services
clermont.admissions@uc.edu

 

2014-2015 PARA Stats:

GC- 87.5% of grads are working in the legal field or continuing their studies.

AAB- 73% of grads are working in the legal field or continuing their studies.

Calculated using graduates from 14FS, 15SS and 15US