Associate of Applied Business in Law & Paralegal Studies

July 01, 2021
August 23, 2021
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ABAThe Associate of Applied Business in Law & Paralegal Studies program at the University of Cincinnati Online, is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of job opportunities. Our program is American Bar Association (ABA) approved with a curriculum that will equip students with skills that will allow them to make immediate impact in their professional career. There are jobs out there for individuals with paralegal skills in private practice as well as most areas of government, business and nonprofit organizations.

The ABA approves programs that meet the guidelines for high-quality paralegal education. While this approval is not required to become a paralegal, many prospective paralegals seek out ABA-approved associate degree programs to ensure they are adequately trained and to increase their job prospects, as some potential employers may favor applicants with ABA-approved degrees.

What is a Paralegal?

A paralegal is one of the lawyer’s most valuable resources, performing substantive legal work – including assisting with trial preparation, real estate closings, drafting legal documents, and performing research.  While there are no formal requirements to become a paralegal, an associate’s degree provides a broad foundation of general education subjects, such as communications and English, as well as a solid foundation of the US legal systems.

Prospective students should be aware that paralegal education is not the equivalent of a law degree. Graduates of paralegal programs are not qualified or eligible to take the bar examination. Academic credit for paralegal courses is not transferable for advanced standing in law school. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.


UC Online Paralegal Studies Associate Program Highlights:

  • 100% online: no campus visits are required.
  • According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal employment is projected to grow by 10% up through 2029 (above average compared to other career fields). As the legal system becomes more complex, lawyers are increasingly turning to qualified paralegals to provide essential services.
  • Part-time and full-time scheduling: have the flexibility to balance work and family obligations while completing your degree.
  • Bachelor Degree Transfer Program: graduates can transition into UC’s (100% online) Bachelor of Science in Law & Paralegal Studies program.
  • American Bar Association approved.
  • All classes taught by licensed attorneys with extensive experience working with paralegals.
  • High job placement rate.

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

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