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Paralegal Program at Tri-C 

Area of Study:
Paralegal Studies 
Degree/Certificate: Associate of Applied Business degree in Paralegal Studies


 Learn more about the Paralegal Program at Tri-C

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 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. 

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

How to reach us

Program Manager
Mardy Chaplin
11000 West Pleasant Valley Road
Parma, OH  44130

Program Assistant 
Kathy Tartal
11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Room C245A
Parma  Ohio  44130

Info and News


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

Students may waive the Practicum if they have 150 hoursperforming actual paralegal duties and tasks.  A letter from the supervising attorney and an official College Waiver Formmust be completed.  Waiver forms may be picked up in theParalegal Office. 

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

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

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This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following program outcomes:  Paralegal Studies Degree Outcomes
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