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Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Technology

An Exciting Career with Earning Potential

Welcome to the University of Cincinnati Clermont’s American Bar Association (ABA) approved Paralegal Studies Program. Our program is one of Ohio’s premier paralegal education programs. For over 15 years, the Program has been providing students with a dynamic and challenging course of study in preparation for a career in the legal profession. Our graduates can be found working small, medium and large law firms in the greater Cincinnati area and at state, and federal government agencies.

Learn more about the Paralegal Studies Certificate requirements by reviewing our Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Expect a Quality Education

Our classes are taught by experienced attorneys and offer practical, hands-on legal training. We have earned the approval of the American Bar Association since 2001. Whether you are a recent college graduate seeking a marketable skill, looking to change careers, returning to the workforce, or considering law school, the Paralegal Studies Program may be right for you. If you feel the career is “right for you”, then we hope you choose UC Clermont to launch your new career!

UC Clermont's American Bar Association approved Paralegal Program provides students with the skills and confidence to compete in one of the fastest growing professions in the country.

What are Paralegal Studies?

While lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they often delegate many of their tasks to paralegals. Another very important task for paralegals is helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered.

Career Possibilities

In the last 10 years, the paralegal profession has become one of the most booming occupations in the country.

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, making them more useful to businesses.

Demand for paralegals also is expected to grow as an expanding population increasingly requires legal services, especially in areas such as intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law. The growth of prepaid legal plans also should contribute to the demand for legal services.

Private law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, but a growing array of other organizations, such as corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real-estate and title insurance firms, and banks also hire paralegals. Corporations in particular are expected to increase their in-house legal departments to cut costs. The wide range of tasks paralegals can perform has helped to increase their employment in small and medium-size establishments of all types.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

CAN I WORK AND GO TO SCHOOL?
People who are interested in changing occupations share the same transitional dilemmas: how to get training, how to fit school into their hectic schedules, and how to pay for it. Our Paralegal program is designed to meet the needs of working adults, allowing you to earn an Associates Degree (or Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate) while continuing employment. If you are willing to make the commitment, you can become a paralegal! Courses are offered in the morning, afternoon, evening and weekends. We offer classes that fit around your busy schedule.

The University of Cincinnati reaffirms its policy that discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or gender identity and expression shall not be practiced in any of its activities.     University Rule 3361: 10-13-01

Contact Us!

Jeffery S. Rubel, JD, MPA
Professor of Legal Studies
Paralegal Studies Program Director
University of Cincinnati Clermont
4200 College Dr.
Batavia, OH 45103
513-732-5302
jeff.rubel@uc.edu

A. Page Beetem, Esq.
Assoc. Professor of Legal Studies
University of Cincinnati, Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Dr.
Batavia, OH 54103
513-558-7403
beetemap@ucmail.uc.edu

Wm. Bruce Davis, JD
Assoc. Professor of Legal Studies
4200 Clermont College Dr.
Batavia, OH 54103
513-732-5305
bruce.davis@uc.edu

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