UC Clermont

Paralegal Studies

Associate of Applied Business

Why study Paralegal Studies?

The effective practice of law requires a team of conscientous, competent professionals. A critical member of that team is the paralegal, who plays 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 a group of 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 meeting with clients, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, researching case law and legal precedents, drafting documents, pleadings, and correspondence with clients and the court.

The paralegal field is growing and offers opportunities in many different areas of concentration. A paralegal can work in a variety of legal fields, finding success with corporate firms, private firms or in the public arena. Much like attorneys, paralegals can choose a certain type of law, which can determine the type of 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 offers opportunities outside the legal field, including in real estate, hospitals, nonprofits and health care systems.

 

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first-year student, you will need to take an English and mathematics placement test if you have not obtained the minimum ACT/SAT score required for exemption. These tests do not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete placement tests before you register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

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.

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.

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

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

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience.

We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals.

Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu or call us at 513-732-5205 to schedule an appointment.

The UC Clermont campus is located on 91 wooded acres in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. Our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes 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.

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is committed to helping students become successful, independent learners through partnerships that promote individual interests and abilities. We encourage and support opportunities for self-discovery in an informal environment that promotes academic skill development.

The best students recognize that they can sometimes use a little extra help to achieve their academic goals. Seeking tutoring is a responsible choice, demonstrating that students care about their academics enough to go the extra mile to succeed. Stop by the ASC in Jones 104 and meet our highly trained team of tutors who are ready and willing to assist you.

You must complete an application for degree the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor in the Advising Center for assistance. 

We accept transfer applications all year long, and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Other UC students may transfer into UC Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress and to verify that you have met all pre-requisites.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

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).

Contact Information

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