A bachelor’s degree in law and paralegal studies opens many doors for many career opportunities, including, but not limited to, a paralegal — one of the lawyer’s most valuable resources. University of Cincinnati Online’s Bachelor of Science in Law and Paralegal Studies program provides you with the in-demand skills needed to increase responsibility and earnings as you start or advance your legal career. Our program is 100% online with no campus visits required and approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
The paralegal field is one of the fastest-growing job markets, with lawyers depending more and more on paralegals as US law becomes more complex — especially those with higher education experience. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal employment is higher than average, with a projected growth rate of 12% through 2030.
Paralegals perform substantive behind-the-scenes legal work that enables the law and court systems to make positive impacts on their communities. Job duties vary, as there is a wide range of paralegal careers to pursue—many paralegals support lawyers by assisting with trial preparation, drafting legal documents, conducting research, and client communication. Most paralegals work in law firms, but paralegal skills are also coveted by government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
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.
UC Online’s law and paralegal studies programs are among the few online programs to be approved by the American Bar Association.
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Programs can be completed full-time or part-time. Many programs are set up to be part-time, with most containing fewer than 10 credit hours in any given semester. We know you have a lot going on, so want to make sure that school can fit into your schedule. Note: There are some exceptions.
No. your degree will be conferred by the University of Cincinnati, which will also be reflected on your transcripts and degree.
Yes. Many of our students qualify for some type of financial aid.
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