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Certificate-Paralegal Studies 

Area of Study:
Paralegal Studies 
Degree/Certificate: Post Degree Professional Certificate 

 

This Certificate program is designed for students who already have earned an Associate or Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The Paralegal Studies program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) educates students to serve as paralegal professionals and work independently in the legal field under the supervision of attorneys. Students receive a general legal education with coursework in civil procedure, basic legal research and writing, computer assisted legal research, and various paralegal specialty areas.

Graduates are prepared for careers in business, industry or in non-profit corporations that interface with the legal system. Typical employers include law firms, insurance companies, local, state and federal government, title companies, banks and corporations.

Paralegals organize and manage work flow in law office settings, draft legal documents, research and draft legal memoranda, and prepare attorney billings. They conduct background checks, interview clients and pursue factual investigations for employers. Paralegals may prepare witnesses for depositions and for trial. They organize client files and generally maintain client relationships. Paralegals may serve as employer liaisons to business, the police, other attorneys, government officials and the courts. Paralegals cannot accept a case, set fees, give legal advice, or represent a client in court.

This is an American Bar Association (ABA) approved program.

Please note:  Students must apply and be accepted to the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.  Being accepted to the College is not acceptance to this Program.  Please contact the Paralegal Office at 216-987-5113 for more details.

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following program outcomes:  Paralegal Studies Post-Degree Professional Certificate Outcomes
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at, www.tri-c.edu/gainfulemployment

How to reach us

Program Manager
Mardy Chaplin
216-987-5214
Mardy.Chaplin@tri-c.edu
11000 West Pleasant Valley Road
Parma, OH 44130


Program Assistant
Kathy Tartal
216-987-5113
kathleen.tartal@tri-c.edu
11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Room C245-A
Parma, OH 44130



CERTIFICATE GRADUATION AND  LEX CEREMONY
Monday, May 12, 2014, 7:00 P.M. in the Business and Technology Building Atrium  (lower level lobby area).  There will be a student recognition Ceremony for Certificate Graduates and LEX  (Lambda Epsilon Chi) inductees.  Please RSVP by May 1.





WANTED:  Two Paralegal Studies Program students to serve on the Paralegal Studies Advisory Board.  The Board meets twice a year, usually spring and fall.  Input, comments, and ideas for the betterment of the Program is requested of the Board members.  Students interested to serve as 'student representatives', please see the Program Manager, Mr. Mardy Chaplin, C-245A or call the Office at 216-987-5113 for more information.

 

 

FREE OHIO STATE BAR ASSOCIATION-ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP is available to students enrolled in a paralegal program.

This membership gives students access to all benefits found on the OSBA website, www.ohiobar.org and also online for a law library called Casemaker.

Applications are available in the Paralegal Studies Office, located in the Business and Technology

Building, Room C-245-A.

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