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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. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
 
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



 APPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICUM READY

Paralegal  students who completed all paralegal classes and have a GPA of at least 2.85 may
pick up an application in the Paralegal Office.

Students may waive the Practicum if they have 150 hours performing actual paralegal duties
and tasks.  A letter from the supervising attorney and an official College Waiver Form must be
completed.  Waiver forms may be picked up in the Paralegal Office.

Applications must be received before the deadline of November 14, 2014 to be considered for
the Practicum.


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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.

 



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