Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies - Online

Did You Know? TU's Online Degree in Paralegal Studies Ranked 5th Best in U.S.

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—Tiffin University’s BA in Paralegal Studies was ranked by Open Education Database (OEDB.org) as the 5th best online paralegal degree program in the U.S.

OEDB’s rankings are based on calculations that contribute to the ideal online learning experience, including program cost; full-time to part-time faculty ratio; institutional financial aid; acceptance, retention, graduation, default, job placement rates; and history of accreditation.

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Tiffin University’s Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies degree is designed for those who are interested in gaining substantive and procedural knowledge of the legal system in order to gain employment under the supervision of a licensed attorney. You will develop knowledge and expertise concerning the legal system, engage in analytical research and writing methods, draft court and legal documents under the supervision of an attorney, learn law office management and docketing systems and professional interviewing. You will also study 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.

“A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible” (American Bar Association, Definition of Paralegal/Legal Assistant).

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

* Tiffin University’s Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies is designed for students who are interested in gaining substantive and procedural knowledge of the legal system in order to gain employment under the supervision of a licensed attorney, in the role of a paralegal or legal assistant. *

Paralegals are found in all types of organizations, with employment positions in law firms, corporate legal departments, other corporate departments, and various government offices, including all levels of courts. In these organizations, they can work in many different areas of the law, including litigation, personal injury, corporate law, criminal law, employee benefits, intellectual property, labor law, bankruptcy, immigration, family law, and real estate. Within the Federal Government, the U.S. Department of Justice is the largest employer, followed by the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. A small number of paralegals own their own businesses and work as freelance legal assistants, contracting their services to attorneys or corporate legal departments.

Paralegals and legal assistants held about 263,800 jobs in 2008. There will be a 28% increase in paralegal positions through 2018, per the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Services.

Salaries for paralegals vary depending on education, experience, certification, and specialization. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Services, the median salary for a legal assistant in 2008 was $46,120 with more than 10% of all paralegals earning more than $73,450. In addition to earning a salary, many paralegals receive bonuses.

Paralegal specialty courses include:

  • PAR 110 Introduction to Paralegal (3hrs)
  • PAR 112 Legal Research and Writing I (3hrs)
  • PAR 113 Legal Research and Writing II (3hrs)
  • PAR 115 Legal Ethics (3hrs)
  • PAR 223 Contract and Sales Law (3hrs)
  • PAR 224 Business Organizations (3hrs)
  • PAR 222 Litigation I
  • PAR 228 Litigation II
  • PAR 341 Property Law and Transactions (3hrs)
  • PAR 441 Estate Planning (3hrs)
  • PAR 442 Probate Case Administration (3hrs)
  • PAR 343 Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals (3hrs)
  • PAR 344 Criminal Law and Procedures
  • PAR 443 Family Law (3hrs)
  • PAR 400 Law Office Management (3hrs)
  • PAR 470 Internship I (3hrs)

Additional substantive and procedural law courses are also required in the areas of criminal law and procedure, and business law.

Below you will find the Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies Curriculum Sheet. The Paralegal courses are run in a 7 week format.

Tiffin University's Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies program has not been approved by the American Bar Association. Tiffin University intends to apply for such approval at the time such application can be made under the American Bar Association Guidelines for Approval of Paralegal Education Programs. The Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies program has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Ohio Board of Regents.

What are my career opportunities?

Here are just a few opportunities in the Paralegal field:

  • Law firms
  • Corporation law departments
  • Governmental agencies
  • Courts
  • Insurance companies and agencies
  • Banks
  • Financial firms
  • Engineering firms
  • Legal clinics
  • Hospitals and medical service providers