Curriculum: Associate of Applied Business in Paralegal Studies

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With UC Online’s Associate of Applied Business in Paralegal Studies all your coursework is completed online and taught by practicing attorneys. Some examples of courses our paralegal associate degree program include:

  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Business Communications
  • Contracts, Torts, and Wills
  • Estate Law
  • Introduction to Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Organizational Law
  • Paralegal Research
  • US Legal Systems
Accreditation

Our program is approved by American Bar Association. The University of Cincinnati and all of its regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Related degrees & programs

In addition to our online AAB in Paralegal Studies degree, the University of Cincinnati also offers a BS in Paralegal studies and a Paralegal studies certificate.

English Composition

English Composition 1001 is a writing-centered course that emphasizes the careful reading, analytical thinking, and persuasive strategies inherent in researching and writing within an academic community. Students learn that rhetorical knowledge is the basis of composing while learning to write with purpose, audience, context, and conventions in mind. Students develop rigorous academic research practices: how to locate and evaluate primary and secondary sources relevant to their line of inquiry and position their own ideas in conversation with public writing. Students also engage in regular self-reflection: articulating what they know, what they can do, and how to apply their knowledge and skills in various contexts.

Family Law

This course will provide an introduction to the principles of Family Law including the history of marriage, and the rights and obligations arising from a marital relationship. Consideration will begiven to validity of marriage, divorce, cohabitation, the financial consequences of the ending of a family relationship, the resolution ofdisputes involving children and protection from domestic violence. Theoretical questions such a "what is a 'family'" will be examined with a focuson human behavior, society's values, and overall policy goals. Students will analyze statutes and apply them to factual situations. This will include the determination of child support and spousal support awards, valuation of property, property division and settlement.

Introduction to Effective Speaking

This course introduces the principles of and practice in composition and presentation of speeches. Topics include speaker and audience relationship, organization of speeches, active listening skills, use of appropriate language, use of technology as an enhancement of speech, managing speech anxiety and developing a natural verbal and nonverbal delivery style.

Law Office Technology

This course will provide the student with an overview of computer technology applicable to law office management, document production, scheduling(including docket control), litigation support and case management software (relational databases). This course includes hands-on computer assignments utilizing various legal software packages commonly used in the legal and business community. It is designed to train paralegals with the theoretical and practical skills to enable them to work in legal environments that utilize computers.

Civil Litigation I

This course will provide an introduction to the civil litigation process from the initial investigation through its completion. Students will be introduced to the functions of the federaland state court systems and to the concepts of jurisdiction and venue. Students will gain experience reading and understanding the Ohio and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the local rules of several courts. Students will learn how, when, where, and why a civil lawsuit may be initiated. During the course, the role of paralegals in the civil litigation process and theskills needed by litigation paralegals will be discussed. Students will be introduced to pleadings and to motion practice, and will have the opportunity to draft pleadings used in civil litigation.

Real Estate Law

This course covers Ohio real estate law, including basic contract law as it applies to real estate transactions, estates and interests in real estate, types of ownership, documents required and used to facilitate real estate transactions, real estate purchase and sale financing, proof of title, agency license law, control and regulation of land, landlord-tenant law, fair housing, control and regulation of land, and decedents.

Corporate Law & Business Organizations

This course reviews the substantive law and practical implications for paralegals of agency, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships in a business environment. The course is designed to acquaint the student with the formation, formal structure, processes, and operations of corporations and other business entities.

Estate Planning & Probate

An introduction to basic wills and trusts conceptsand an examination of the law and procedure of preparing wills, administration of estates and general probate procedure. There will be a discussion and practice exercises in the areas of wills, living trusts, testamentary trusts, and taxplanning topics involving the marital deduction and the annual exclusion. The drafting of wills and trusts, preparation of probate documents, filing procedures, asset collection, estate management, and closing procedures will be covered. In addition, the course will introduce the student to patients' rights in health care decision making, entitlement programs, managed care and long-term care insurance, living facilities for the elderly, financial planning, social security, and elder abuse.

Civil Litigation II

Students will learn the various components of the civil trial process, and the paralegal's role in that process, in a hands-on, skills-based approach. The course will focus on the traditionaldiscovery process, electronic discovery, the evidentiary rules, trial preparation and process and the appellate process. The course will addressthe role of paralegals in the civil litigation process, the ethical considerations and skills needed by litigation paralegals.

Administrative Litigation

This course presents concepts of administrative law and procedure in governmental agencies with emphasis on the paralegal's role in the process. Students will be introduced to the classifications of government agencies, how agencies get their authority to make and adjudicate rules, the limits of government agency authority, and the procedures for appealing agency decisions. Particular emphasis is placed on the following administrative agencies: Social Security, Immigration Ohio Workers Compensation, and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

Intermediate Composition

Intermediate Composition is a writing-centered course that builds on what students learn in first-year composition and focuses students’ attention on theoretical underpinning of how meaning is made, understood, and communicated within and across various discourse communities and genres. The course emphasizes critical reading and writing, advanced research and analysis skills, and rhetorical sensitivity to differences in academic, professional, and public composing. This course challenges students to engage in substantive projects drawing on primary research and source analysis methods and asks students to document, communicate, and reflect on their research.

Investigative Techniques and Evidence

This course is an in-depth study of principles, methods, and investigative and interviewing techniques utilized to locate, gather, document and disseminate information. The emphasis will be on developing interviewing and investigative skills intended to prepare paralegals to communicate effectively and ethically. Students will also study the rules of Evidence as it relates to preparation of a case for trial including exhibits; the trial process, preparing witnesses for testimony; and motions to exclude evidence.

Terrorism & Homeland Security

This course provides an overview of the various components related to an empirical understanding of terrorism. The course will also review the development of homeland security in America as it relates to terrorism and situate this development within various perspectives. Emphasis in this course will be placed on critical assessment of ideologically-based viewpoints of terrorism and homeland security. Scientific empiricism will guide the student’s journey of the variety of topics that will be covered in this course. (Offered in “even” years, only.)

Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning

Project-based course, emphasizing problem-solving, model-building, and basic data manipulation in real world contexts. Topics include: problem-solving, statistical reasoning, linear and exponential modeling, and modeling with geometry. Prerequisite: at least 420 on the Math Placement Test (MPT) is recommended.

Computer Applications

In this course, students perform basic business and academic tasks on a PC running the Windows operating system. Students are provided instruction in the Microsoft Office suite that covers Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Students learn how to work with a word processor, spreadsheet, data tables, and presentation software.

Introduction to Criminal Law & Procedure

This course examines the development, interpretation and application of substantive criminal and procedural law and the impact it has on our society. Students will learn the elements of major crimes and defenses. Students also will examine the constitutional aspects of criminal procedure and how societal norms and perceptions influence the interpretation of the constitution. The course will focus on constitutional changes inareas such as searches, seizures and arrests; interrogation; sentencing; and appeal. The course will focus on fundamental individual constitutional protections.

Bankruptcy Law

This course will provide a basic understanding of the principles of bankruptcy law. It will include an introduction to the substantive and procedural law of consumer and business bankruptcy. It will provide practical, hands-on instruction as to local bankruptcy practice and the paralegal's role.

Employment Law

This course covers the full range of federal employment law and other federal laws effecting employment, and some areas of state employment lawsuch as workers' compensation. Emphasis is placed on the importance of critical thinking about the effect of these laws on the conduct of business. Landmark legal cases will be studied and discussedwith the goal of illustrating the impact of employment law and the pitfalls which they pose. Real time issues from newspapers and magazines will be discussed in order to illustrate the prevalence of employment law issues in the conductof business.

Special Topics in the Law

Special Topics in the Law is an elective course inthe Paralegal Program. Topics covered and the particular configuration of assignments will vary from semester to semester. Students will be equipped to compare the advantages and disadvantages of the various research methods usedin the selected topic field. Students will be encouraged to analyze social theories and make applications of research findings to their lives. Students will develop their writing skills by doing a series of carefully structured writing assignments with considerable feedback and guidance from the instructor. All writing assignments are required to be clear, well organized, and to demonstrate appropriate English language usage. Formal writing assignments will utilize memorandum format style for citations and references taught in PARA1012 & 1013. The topic ofthe paper will be based on student interests, course material, and consultation with the instructor to arrive at research questions appropriate for academic inquiry. Students must obtain approval from the Paralegal Program Director prior to enrolling in this course.

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