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Tiffin University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies for students who want to become a paralegal, either as legal staff in a law office, or in other organizations that utilizes lawyers on staff. As a paralegal assistant, responsibilities include investigating case facts, organizing information, preparing written reports, and drafting contracts. Students will learn about legal definitions and jargon, dictation, transcription, customer service skills, and confidentiality procedures. Students will also learn about the application of legal principles to the resolution of problems in the administration of criminal justice, such as jury selection, police stress, and designing effective rehabilitation programs.
Students will aim to develop a legal education through a program that emphasizes foundational lessons in the principles and practices in the legal system. Those courses include Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Legal Research and Writing, and Contract and Sales Law.
Upon completion of the program, students should have demonstrated the necessary professional and educational qualifications for entry-level roles in the law and in paralegal duties. These qualifications the ability to explain the constitutional, legal, institutional, and political foundations of American government, to analyze legal debates surrounding key social issues, and to explain key legal concepts and cases. Graduates should also be able to utilize legal research in a way relevant to conducting a case study, to describe how public sector organizations function with their political, social, and economic context, and to identify key debates over political principles that have endured over time and describe how these debates manifested in several contemporary political controversies.
Students should transfer 45-66 previous college semester hours. Only courses with a "C" or better will transfer from a prior institution. Students typically have a minimum of five years professional work experience.
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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