Paralegal Studies

UC's Paralegal program is a practice-oriented course of study designed to prepare students to become ABA approved paralegals. In the past few years, the opportunities for accomplished and technically-savvy paralegals have increased due to economic and technological changes, with many of our graduates continuing onto law school.

At UC, you can.

image of working toward their paralegal degree in UC's paralegal studies degree progamFully accredited and approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1988, our Paralegal Studies program signals to employers you have the necessary skills to be an effective professional. 

We deliver a program that puts you in the best position to pursue a successful career as a paralegal in legal, corporate, nonprofit or government organizations. 

How You'll Do It

Our program stays ahead of industry changes because our courses are taught by sitting judges and practicing lawyers. Using their knowledge and experience ensures everything you learn applies to the professional world. You won't just study books on how the law works, you will learn it directly from the men and women who are practicing it.

Paralegals work in a variety of law offices, our students receive education in many different facets of substantive law, including litigation, criminal law, legal databases and alternative dispute resolution in order to develop well-rounded legal professionals capable of succeeding in any field. However, it should be noted that paralegals are prohibited from the practice of law except when allowed by law or court tule. 

image of a UC paralegal studies student. Many students in UC's paralegal studies degree program graduates continue on to paralegal certificates or law school.

Program Options

Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies 

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The Associate in Paralegal Studies program covers the fundamental skills you'll need to start a career as a professional paralegal working closely with attorneys.

The Paralegal Studies program is a practice-oriented course of study designed to prepare students as paralegals. As the legal industry experiences transformation due to economic and technological changes, opportunities for accomplished and technically-savvy paralegals have increased significantly. Paralegal students receive education in many different facets of law, including the use of computers, legal databases and alternative dispute resolution. The Paralegal Studies Program combines academic rigor with legal and technical competencies to develop well-rounded legal professionals. Our graduates pursue successful careers as paralegals in legal, corporate, non-profit, or government organizations, and many continue to law school.

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Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies 

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Whether you're a practicing paralegal looking to advance or a student looking to join the field, this ABA approved degree prepares you to complete any paralegal assignment in a competent, professional, and ethical manner.

The Paralegal Studies program is a practice-oriented course of study designed to prepare students as paralegals. As the legal industry experiences transformation due to economic and technological changes, opportunities for accomplished and technically-savvy paralegals have increased significantly. Paralegal students receive education in many different facets of substantive law, including litigation, criminal law, legal databases and alternative dispute resolution. The Paralegal Studies Program combines academic rigor with legal and technical competencies to develop well-rounded legal professionals. Our graduates pursue successful careers as paralegals in legal, corporate, non-profit, or government organizations, and many continue to law school.

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Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Healthcare Paralegal

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This certificate is designed to introduce professionals in the healthcare industry to the legal system and the role of the paralegal in the field. It is open to students who have previously earned 60 hours of credit or a baccalaureate or associate degree, and who have at least 4000 hours of nursing experience. 

This program is designed to allow our graduates to meet the needs of the business employer who requires experience in medical, as well as legal issues. These would include law firms, hospitals, insurance companies, consulting firms, government agencies, and health care systems. Additional courses expose you to specific practice areas where medical knowledge is particularly appropriate. Paralegals operate under the supervision of a licensed attorney and are prohibited from practicing law.

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Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Nurse Paralegal 

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This program is designed for registered nurses interested in training in performing legal tasks and the application of nursing knowledge to legal services. It is open to registered nurses who have previously earned 60 hours of credit or a baccalaureate or associate degree, and who have at least 4000 hours of nursing experience. 

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Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies 

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This program is open to students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree.

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Program Objectives

  • To teach you substantive and procedural law with the objective of preparing you to complete any paralegal assignment in a competent, professional, and ethical manner.
  • To develop your legal writing skills by exercising your critical thinking skills and analytical skills.
  • To give you an understanding of legal research and to develop your ability to locate answers to legal questions.
  • To ensure that you have up-to-date skills in technology, including the use of computers for data and word processing, and legal research.
  • Through practical application, to improve your ability to work cooperatively with others; develop the your leadership skills and the ability to assume responsibility; and to improve your ability to follow directions.
  • To maintain good communications with private and public legal services providers to ensure that the paralegal program stays abreast of changes in the legal field in order to provide you with meaningful and current paralegal training.
  • To maintain good relations with national, state, and local bars and paralegal associations and to work collaboratively with these groups to improve and increase the utilization of paralegal services.

Program Outcomes

The Program’s educational goals are:

  • Provide students with knowledge of ethics and professional responsibility to enable him/her to recognize these values and perform legal services in an ethical manner.
  • Provide each student with tools to develop critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Develop in each student the ability to communicate effectively through training in legal research, writing, listening and speaking skills