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2018 - 2019 Catalog Year
Paralegal (Full-time)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Division: Business and Public Services

Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA and be accepted into the Paralegal Program before taking PAR courses. Applicants must be able to perform at the college level in math, English, & reading. Required English courses (ENG 1101, 1201, 1199) should be taken as early in the program as possible. Students must achieve a C (79%) in all PAR courses, and maintain a 2.0 GPA while in the program. Students must purchase a LexisNexis license for all semesters in the PAR program. Completion of the Paralegal program does not authorize a graduate to practice law as an attorney. More PAR Program information is available at https://www.sinclair.edu/academics/divisions/bps/par/

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)
Elective course signified by
Hours
 

Description: The paralegal's role in the legal system is introduced. The function of case law, statutes, administrative regulations, constitutions and court rules are explored.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors and Approval of Department

Corequisites: PAR 1102 AND PAR 1103

Description: This course develops student paralegal skills in introduction to the technology used by paralegals in law firm environments.

Notes: A-Term

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors and Approval of Department

Corequisites: PAR 1101 AND PAR 1103

Description:

Introduction to the civil system, courts, torts and civil pleadings. The student will develop skills in drafting basic pleadings. Note: This course must be taken concurrently with PAR 1101 and PAR 1102.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors and Approval of Department

Corequisites: PAR 1101 AND PAR 1102

Description:

This course develops student paralegal skills in use of software in a legal environment, including spreadsheets, databases, data backup media, group calendaring and research on the Internet.

Notes: B-Term

Prerequisites: PAR 1102 and Restricted to Majors

Description: A critical analysis of contemporary American society with review of major sociological theories, research methods, culture, socialization, groups, social structure, social institutions, deviance, social inequalities, social processes and social change.

Notes: Program elective. Choose from one of the following courses: SOC 1101, PSY 1100

Prerequisites: DEV 0015

Description: In English Composition I students learn reflective, analytical and argumentative writing strategies, incorporating sources and personal experience. Students will negotiate between public and private rhetorical situations and purposes to achieve academic literacy. They will write multiple drafts using a recursive writing process as they work toward fluency in style and mechanics.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Placement Test Score)

Description:

Use word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software applications to create reports, spreadsheets, databases and presentations for business and other applications.

 

Term hours subtotal:

17

Spring Semester (First Year)
Elective course signified by
Hours
 

Description: This course develops student skills in researching Ohio's legal resources, writing legal memos and letters and using the Ohio Manual of Citations. Note: This may be taken concurrently with PAR 1103.

Prerequisites: PAR 1101 and PAR 1102 and Restricted to Majors

Description: The paralegal's role in the litigation process, from pleadings through discovery and trial. This course develops student paralegal skills in drafting pleadings, use of discovery tools and litigation software.

Prerequisites: PAR 1103 and Restricted to Majors

Description: The American legal system as it relates to business transactions, including the judicial system and sources of law, legal procedures, torts, business ethics and social responsibility, contracts, property, employment law, agency, partnerships and corporations.

Description: Strategies to achieve a clear, concise, cohesive and emphatic writing style; sentence structure; contemporary grammar and usage.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035

Description: This course develops students paralegal skills in analyzing Ohio criminal law, Ohio criminal procedure, and Ohio juvenile law and preparing documents utilized in both criminal and juvenile trial proceedings.

Notes: Program elective. Choose from one of the following courses: PAR 2510, LAW 1102, LAW 1103, LAW 1104, PAR 2503, PAR 2504, PAR 2506, PAR 2507, PAR 2508, PAR 2511

Prerequisites: PAR 1101 and PAR 1102 and PAR 1103 and Restricted to Majors and Other (Minimum grade of C in prerequisites)

 

Term hours subtotal:

15

Summer Semester (First Year)
Elective course signified by
Hours
 

Description: English Composition II, building on the skills in English Composition I, develops rhetorical literacy through research, critical reading and multigenre writing tasks. Through major and minor, cumulative and stand-alone assignments, students construct arguments and analyses, ethically incorporating academic sources while developing their own voices as writers and citizens.

Prerequisites: ENG 1101

Description: Historical inquiry into the major concepts and attitudes of moral and ethical theory in Western society, emphasizing the role of human responsibility and the conditions for making ethical judgments.

Notes: Any Arts and Humanities elective from the approved Ohio Transfer Module List. View electives at: http://www.sinclair.edu/transfer/gened/module/

Description: Exploration of the development, maintenance and termination of interpersonal relationships. The focus is on effective verbal and nonverbal interactions between two people, highlighting methods of initiating and maintaining effective communication with, and understanding of, others through learning and applying interpersonal communication theory.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Any other college level English course)

Description:

Mathematics of finance, mathematics of trade, payroll, taxes, insurance, elementary statistics. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or DEV 0054 or Other (satisfactory score on Sinclair Community College English placement test)

Description: This course will provide the student with an understanding of current legal issues in the area of employer/employee relations. Emphasis is placed on legal issues that arise in the employment relationship, employment discrimination issues and federal and state regulations applicable to employment law. The use of current events is emphasized to reinforce areas covered in the course materials.

Notes: Program elective. Choose from one of the following courses: LAW 1104, LAW 1102, LAW 1103, PAR 2503, PAR 2504, PAR 2506, PAR 2507, PAR 2508, PAR 2510, PAR 2511

 

Term hours subtotal:

15

Fall Semester (Second Year)
Hours
 

Description: Develops skills introduced in Legal Research & Writing. This course covers research in federal and national legal resources, writing trial briefs, writing research memoranda and letters and using a citations manual.

Prerequisites: PAR 1201 and Restricted to Majors

Description: This course develops student paralegal skills in preparation of documents in a domestic relations practice, including pleadings and forms.

Prerequisites: PAR 1103 and Restricted to Majors

Description: Summary and full administration of probate estates, adoptions, guardianships, name changes and minor settlements.

Prerequisites: PAR 1103 and Restricted to Majors

Description: Explanation of the legal phases of a realty transaction. Examination of types of estates in land, co-ownership, mortgages, Ohio license law, landlord/ tenant law and legal factors in financing. For classes that meet in a classroom, seat hours are strictly enforced by state rule and absences cannot be made up. This course is part of Sinclair’s Ohio Real Estate Sales Associate pre-licensure program. Successful completion of the courses in Sinclair’s Ohio Real Estate Sales Associate pre-licensure program meets the educational requirement for you to sit for the Ohio Real Estate Salesperson Examination only (further state requirements must also be satisfied). Sinclair’s pre-licensure program is not intended to meet requirements for license examination in any other state.

Description: An introduction to preparation and use of accounting reports for business entities; focus on uses of accounting for external reporting, emphasizing accounting as a provider of financial information. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Prerequisites: MAT 0050 and DEV 0035

Description:

Application of skills in a legal environment. Professionalism, resumes and interviewing skills. One classroom, seven practicum hours per week.

Notes: You should take this course in your last semester in PAR. You must complete your student portfolio during this course. Completion of certain substantive courses may also be required, depending on the nature of the internship placement. You should take this course in your last semester in PAR. You must complete your student portfolio in this course. Attend an internship meeting prior to registration. Instructor permission is required to take the Internship. You are permitted to arrange your own internship placement, subject to instructor approval. Plan on working at least 8 hours/week at the internship workplace, and attending some classroom sessions.

Prerequisites: PAR 1101 and PAR 1102 and PAR 1103 and Restricted to Majors and Approval of Department

 

Term hours subtotal:

18

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.