The American Bar Association defines a paralegal or legal assistant as "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 and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible."
This area of study might be for you if:
If you answered yes to any of the above, then the challenge of a Paralegal degree may be for you!
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The Legal Studies Program educates students with practical assignments in a simulated law office environment. All student work models the professional, ethical and technology concepts they will use in the legal field. Student learning is supported by experienced paralegals who serve as team teachers. All Legal Studies students are required to complete an attorney-supervised internship for hands-on experience using their paralegal skills.
Classes are taught in a simulated law office environment that makes current practices and technology available to students. All full-time faculty in the Legal Studies Program are licensed attorneys. Legal research is conducted by students both online and in professional law libraries. All students produce a personal portfolio of their legal work and benefit from an internship experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
A grade point average of 2.0 is required to enter the Legal Studies Program. A grade of C is required in all PAR courses. An overall grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to continue in the program, and is required for graduation.View Full Program Details
The Legal Studies 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 Legal Studies 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 Legal Studies Program was the first paralegal program in the area, and the first in the area to be approved by the American Bar Association. Sinclair Legal Studies graduates hold a degree from an ABA-Approved program at a fully-accredited Ohio college.View Full Program Details
The Legal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), and fully accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, a specialized accreditation recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
Completion of the Paralegal Program does not authorize a graduate to practice law as an attorney.