University of Cincinnati’s online Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies program is a completely online American Bar
Association (ABA) approved paralegal studies program. Our online undergraduate paralegal studies program will prepare you to play a pivotal role as a paraprofessional in law offices, government units, corporations, and other law-practice settings. It will also equip you if you are looking to become a legal aid advocate, clerk of court or judiciary clerk, administrative assistant in court, or litigation support analyst.
The paralegal profession is ranked among the fastest-growing occupations. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal employment is projected to grow 10% through 2029 (higher than average of any other occupation).
If you’re seeking a challenging and engaging position in a growing field, consider pursuing this career. Paralegals are a vital part of any legal team, and they take on important assignments that often vary on a daily basis. If you enjoy investigating facts, performing research, writing, and working with people in a fast-paced atmosphere, chances are you may enjoy this career path.
The ABA defines a paralegal as follows: “a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” Put in simpler terms, a paralegal is a professional staff member who performs allowable legal tasks under attorney supervision.
The exact job duties paralegal can vary depending on where they’re employed and the area of law in which they work. Paralegals perform tasks such as conducting legal and factual research, drafting court documents and correspondence, reviewing and summarizing records, filing documents with the court, maintaining files, and communicating with clients. They can do many of the same tasks that an attorney can do, with the exception of accepting cases and setting fees, giving legal advice, and representing clients in court.
The majority of paralegals work for law firms, but governmental agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations also utilize these professionals.
University of Cincinnati’s – main campus paralegal studies bachelor program has not only been in operation since 1980 but is ranked 25th in the nation according to Study.com.
*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
UC’s online paralegal studies program is one of the first programs of its kind 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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The University of Cincinnati is one of the first institutions to offer online courses. Innovation in education is at the forefront of what we do. We have expanded the convenience and quality of our online learning to online degree programs. Today, we offer nearly 100 degrees from undergraduate to doctoral programs.
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