Individuals interested in supporting the work of attorneys as paralegals are encouraged to pursue an Associate of Applied Business degree in Paralegal Studies. Students will learn both substantive and procedural aspects of the types of law practiced in this area of Ohio, which include business, domestic, probate, litigation and real estate. Also essential to the role of a paralegal, they will develop skills in research, communication and writing. These skills will be useful when retrieving information from public records, preparing evidence for civil trials, interviewing clients, and drafting documents like contracts, wills, and pleadings.
An associate degree has become a valuable asset to those looking for employment in this field. Edison's degree is approved by the American Bar Association and offers elective classes in criminal and constitutional law, an optional internship experience and access to its strong library of legal resources.
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.
Students wishing to transfer legal specialty courses to Edison should review the credit transfer policy .
The student will:
- Demonstrate competence in the substantive principles and procedures related to probate administration, litigation, real estate, domestic relations, and business organizations as the major areas of local practice;
- Develop proficiency with the various tools for research and inquiry common to the legal profession;
- Communicate effectively;
- Think critically to draft legal documents;
- Demonstrate understanding of the ethical standards of the legal profession;
- Show professionalism and effective interpersonal skills as an integral part of the legal services team and the paralegal profession serving diverse clients;
- Demonstrate knowledge of computer applications.