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Paralegal Post Baccalaureate Certificate PAR.S.CRT

One-year Technical Certificate - 34 Credit Hours

Division: Business and Public Services
Department: Paralegal
Effective as of Fall 2018

What is the program about?

The Paralegal Program educates students with practical assignments in a "simulated law office" environment. All student work demonstrates the professional, ethical, and technology concepts they will use in the legal field. All full-time faculty are licensed attorneys. Student learning is supported by experienced paralegals who serve as team teachers. This certificate is intended to enhance the attractiveness of an already obtained bachelor's degree by providing students with practical skills needed to work in the legal field. All paralegal students are required to complete an attorney-supervised internship for hands-on experience using their paralegal skills. A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses to remain in the program. Established in 1978, the Sinclair Paralegal Program was the first paralegal program in the area, and the first in the area to be approved by the American Bar Association. Sinclair paralegal graduates hold a degree from an ABA-Approved program at a fully-accredited Ohio college.

Program Outcomes

  • Competently prepare and interpret legal documents.
  • Competently conduct factual and legal research and communicate the results clearly and concisely.
  • Exemplify a high standard of ethical and professional behavior individually, and as a member of a legal team.
  • Demonstrate competency in current technology.

Career Opportunities

Sinclair led the way with the first paralegal program in the Miami Valley in 1978, and it became the first to earn approval from the American Bar Association. Nearly a thousand graduates of Sinclair’s Paralegal Program now work in large and small law firms, the business world, courts, and government agencies. Under the supervision of a lawyer, a professional paralegal may perform such interesting duties as investigating cases, interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing legal documents, and legal research. These responsibilities are carried out in a variety of legal fields, such as criminal law, probate, family law, litigation, and real estate. Employment opportunity reports for program graduates are encouraging. Completion of the Paralegal Program does not authorize a graduate to practice law as an attorney, or to give legal advice.



  • Approval of Department
  • Students must have obtained a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.0 or higher from an accredited institution to be eligible to pursue this certificate.


Sinclair paralegal graduates receive their degree from a college that is fully accredited, in a program that is approved by the American Bar Association and the Ohio Board of Regents. In the state of Ohio, Paralegals are not required to be licensed by the state to perform services under the supervision of a lawyer. However, upon voluntary application and examination, paralegals may be credentialed by the Ohio State Bar Association as Certified Paralegals. Completion of the Paralegal Program does not authorize a graduate to practice law as an attorney or to give legal advice.

Additional Information

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program: View the Gainful Employment Information


Course Title Credits
PAR 1101 Paralegal Principles 3
RES 1201 Real Estate Law 3
PAR 1102 Legal Technology 1
PAR 1103 Litigation 3
PAR 1201 Legal Research & Writing 3
PAR 1202 Advanced Legal Technology 1
PAR 1203 Advanced Litigation 3
PAR 2301 Advanced Legal Research & Writing 3
PAR 2302 Family Law 3
PAR 2303 Probate Law 3
PAR 2401 Paralegal Internship 2
Paralegal Elective 6
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.