Majors & Programs

Majors and Programs

At UC Clermont, we offer a wide variety of associate degree programs. Some programs are intended for transition to UC Clifton or to other baccalaureate institutions, while others are career-oriented degrees leading directly to employment after graduation.

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Paralegal Studies - PB

What is Paralegal Studies - PB?

This graduate certificate program in paralegal studies is for people who have already earned a bachelor’s degree but may wish to change careers or continue in their studies.

The paralegal field is growing and offers opportunities in many different areas of concentration. A paralegal in the Cincinnati region can work in a variety of legal fields, such as finding success with corporate firms, private firms, or in the public arena.

Paralegals play a vital role in the legal system by completing essential legal tasks that ensure the delivery of quality legal services to the client.  A paralegal’s primary role is to provide support to attorneys. Paralegals may work specifically with one lawyer or work with a group of several attorneys. The work that paralegals do varies based on the size and practice area of the firm at which they are employed, but commonly includes such tasks as meeting with clients, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, researching case law and legal precedents, drafting documents, pleadings and correspondence with clients and the court.

Much like attorneys, paralegals can choose a certain type of law, which can determine the type work they will do on a regular basis. A litigation paralegal, for example, may prepare clients for trial, interview witnesses, research legal precedents pertinent to a case, and must have a wide knowledge of the court rules and evidentiary issues. A paralegal degree does more than provide opportunities in the legal field. Many other industries need paralegals, including real estate, hospitals, nonprofits and health care systems.

Familiarity with computers and technology has become essential to paralegal work. Computer software, databases and the Internet are used to search client information and conduct legal research. Paralegals often use computer databases to retrieve, organize and index various materials. Imaging software allows paralegals to scan documents directly into a database, while billing programs help them to track hours billed to clients.

Success Factors

Excellent communication skills, a willingness to learn computer software applications and attention to detail are important attributes to succeed as a paralegal. You should have good people skills, be an independent worker and have a high degree of personal integrity.

Career Possibilities

The paralegal profession has been a growth occupation for the past 25 years.

“Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and lower their expenses, they are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants.” — U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

A paralegal has many options for employment. This is a growing career, and a challenging one. If this sounds like the career for you call today to meet with one of our advisors! 

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

The following information is provided per U.S. Department of Education regulations: The Department of Labor's standard occupational ification (SOC) code for this occupation is 23-2011. The informational profile for this occupation is online at http://online.onetcenter.org.

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). View this program’s most recent disclosure information including program costs, median loan debt at program completion, normal time to completion and normal time to completion rates, and job placement rate (if reported) at http://www.ucclermont.edu/content/dam/clermont/gainful-employment/paralegal-post-bacc/Paralegal%20Studies%20(Post%20Bacc).html.

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UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty to student ratio is low. You will find small size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Our paralegal program places a strong emphasis on learning legal technology. Many of the es are taught in a computer lab with hands-on use of the software typically used in a law office setting.

Special Programs

The Learning Center at UC Clermont provides free tutoring and online resources to help students get ahead and stay ahead in their es.

Freshman Admission Requirements

You must have a bachelor’s degree for acceptance into this graduate certificate program.

If you have taken paralegal courses at other institutions, you may petition the program director to transfer those credits to our program. Credits must be from a regionally accredited, ABA or an institutional member of AAfPE to be considered.

Application Deadlines

UC Clermont College is an open admission campus. Students may begin es in any semester. Each semester has an application deadline of approximately four weeks before es begin to allow for timely paperwork and financial aid processing. Students who apply after the deadline will be admitted to the next semester. For specific deadline information, call 513-732-5319 or visit ucclermont.edu/admissions/apply.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Our paralegal graduate certificate program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Quick Facts

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Degree in Paralegal Studies - PB

Full-Time Program Duration

1 Years

Location

UC Clermont & UC East

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
Enrollment Services
clermont.admissions@uc.edu