Associate of Applied Business in Law & Paralegal Studies

Associate of Applied Business in Law & Paralegal Studies
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ABAAs the legal system becomes more complex, paralegals are in greater demand than ever and lawyers are increasingly turning to qualified paralegals to provide essential services. The University of Cincinnati’s online Associate of Applied Business in Law and Paralegal Studies equips graduates with the skills needed to start and advance dynamic careers in the legal sector.

Through the fully online, American Bar Association (ABA)-approved program, you’ll learn from licensed attorneys, graduate with a solid understanding of the US legal system, and be prepared for a variety of job opportunities in a growing field.

What is a Paralegal?

Paralegals perform behind-the-scenes legal work that enables the law and court systems to make positive impacts on their communities. They function in a supportive capacity, assisting substantive tasks such as gathering facts for trial preparation, drafting legal documents, and conducting research.

Paralegals often work for private practices but are also sought in many areas of government, business, and nonprofit organizations.

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate workplace readiness skills, including legal research and writing and various substantive areas of the law.
  • Analyze and evaluate the law and modify standardized forms found in form books, pleading files, form files, or computer databases to create the appropriate work product of a typical entry-level paralegal.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with legal software and other technology used in the practice of law.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical principles that guide paralegal conduct and the role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online: No campus visits are required.
  • American Bar Association approval ensures a top quality education and boosted marketability.
  • Student support services are offered for every student from application through graduation.
  • Connection and networking: Since some courses are taken synchronously, meaning they’re held virtually at a specific time, students have the opportunity to make valuable networking connections with classmates and instructors.
  • High job placement rate: Paralegal employment is projected to grow by 12% through 2030, which is above average compared to other career fields (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Part-time and full-time scheduling allows the flexibility to balance work and family obligations while completing your degree.
  • Bachelor’s degree transfer program: Graduates can seamlessly transition into UC’s online Bachelor of Science in Law & Paralegal Studies program.
  • All classes are taught by well-connected licensed attorneys and practitioners.
  • The University of Cincinnati and all of its regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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

Students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

Student Testimonial
“I highly recommend that you consider this program! Walking out with my associate degree, I feel completely prepared to begin a career as a paralegal or continue my education.”

Alexis D.
Associate of Applied Business in Law and Paralegal Studies Graduate

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UC’s online law and paralegal studies program is one of the first programs of its kind to be approved by the American Bar Association.

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