As attorneys have increased demands placed on them to provide quality legal services, there is an increased need for knowledgeable and skilled paralegals. A career as a paralegal/ legal assistant is included as one of the 10 best careers requiring a two-year degree. Endorsement of the American Bar Association ensures that a degree program adheres to strict guidelines in the design of the curriculum and the opportunities afforded to the students. The ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program promotes excellence in the education and training of paralegals whether individuals are already working in the legal environment or just embarking on the challenging paralegal profession. Edison's Paralegal Studies program has courses taught by attorneys and paralegals, an optional internship experience and an on-site library of legal resources.
The Paralegal Studies curriculum offers students two options: the Associate of Applied Business Degree or the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Students possessing a bachelor’s degree are eligible to pursue the post-baccalaureate certificate and are encouraged to work closely with the Program Director for Paralegal Studies to insure timely scheduling of specific courses.
To graduate, students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in BUS 223S Business Communication and all LEG courses that apply to either the associate degree or the post-baccalaureate certificate. As a career degree, the curriculum is based on job skills rather than transferability. Certain colleges and universities accept this major; however, students interested in transferring should see their advisor for information on transfer options. Students wishing to transfer legal specialty courses to Edison should review the credit transfer policy below.
NOTE: Although paralegals assume many preparatory and drafting tasks essential to the practice of law and work under the supervision of an attorney, they are strictly prohibited from carrying out the duties considered to be the practice of law including setting legal fees, accepting cases, giving legal advice, and presenting cases in court.
Possible job titles for a Paralegal include:
- claim examiner
- documents clerk
- law office manager
- legal assistant
- legal technician
- paralegal manager
- patent agent
- law librarian
Policy for Acceptance of Transfer Credits in Paralegal Studies Courses
Edison Community College follows the guidelines established in the Ohio Board of Regents’ Articulation and Transfer Policy, which applies to all state-assisted colleges and universities in the state of Ohio. With respect to legal specialty courses taken at another college or institution, Edison will accept 12 credit hours in courses where the student has earned a "C" or better and apply them to the program requirements. Credits from proprietary schools or non-ABA programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students may appeal the decision of Edison to apply credits for courses completed at other institutions by furnishing documented proof of the quality and integrity of the class.
To insure that the student will take 10 credit hours in the traditional classroom format, the following courses must be taken at Edison Community College. To guarantee uncompromised quality, these courses will only be offered in the traditional classroom format.
Four hours to be chosen from the following courses:
In the alternative, the student may submit written documentation from the dean or department chair of the transferring institution indicating in which format (traditional or online) the courses were taken.
Revised February 2013