Interested in the Legal World? Jump in with Sinclair’s Paralegal Department
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.”
The paralegal program at Sinclair provides you with a wealth of knowledge to help you prepare to work in the legal community or even begin a pre-law educational path.
This program might be for you if:
- You enjoy conducting research, solving problems and communicating the results.
- You are interested in learning more about law and its practices.
- You would like to gain experience to prepare for law school.
- You want to work as a part of a legal team or just gain hands-on experience and networking opportunities.
Paralegals are valued members of the legal community. The Dayton Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association and the American Bar Association have recognized this fact by offering memberships in their associations to paralegals. The challenge of the paralegal career area is as broad as the law itself. The Sinclair Paralegal Program has been developed to provide training that can meet this challenge.
- Completion of the paralegal program does not authorize a graduate to practice law as an attorney.
- Students must take at least ten semester credit hours or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction per ABA guidelines.
Paralegal - Associate of Applied Science
The Paralegal 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 paralegal 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 Paralegal 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 Paralegal 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.
Interested in learning more about this degree program?
- View the curriculum now »
- Visit the Paralegal Web site »
- Find related occupational information and regional openings using Career Coach.
- Talk with a new student enrollment advisor by calling 1-800-315-3000 or visiting one of our convenient locations.
Program Accreditation Information
The Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association, and fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accreditation recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. All full-time faculty in the Paralegal Program are licensed attorneys. Sinclair is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs of study are approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. Completion of the Paralegal Program does not authorize a graduate to practice law as an attorney, or to give legal advice.
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Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »
Articulation & Transfer Agreements
Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »
Sinclair Community College has worked to develop program-specific agreements to assist you in a more seamless process when transferring from a specific Sinclair degree program to a bachelor’s degree program in the same area of study.
Programs & Articulation Agreements
Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science
Articulation agreements are in place for transfer to:
- Ohio University (Criminal Justice)
- University of Cincinnati (Paralegal Studies)
Transferring Individual Classes
In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including some paralegal program requirements, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »
While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.
Your transfer opportunities
- Antioch University McGregor
- Franklin University
- Kaplan University
- Ohio Dominican University
- Ohio University
- Purdue University
- Strayer University
- Wilberforce University
- Wright State University
- and more…
Ohio Transfer Module
The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.
Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module…
Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.
Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the paralegal program, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: