The program 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 course work in civil procedure, law office technology, basic legal research and writing, computer assisted legal research, and various legal 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 approved program.

This program is available to be completed 100% online.

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Related Degrees and Certificates

Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I
  • Complete the following:
    • PL-1001 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession with “B” or higher.
    • Program application form (distributed during PL-1001).
    • Personal narrative.
  • GPA required: 2.50 overall and 2.75 in Paralegal courses to graduate

Other Information

  • PL grades below a "C" will not be accepted and those courses will have to be retaken.
  • Submit all college/university transcripts to:
    Office of the Registrar
    P O Box 5966
    Cleveland, OH 44101

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate appropriately and professionally, both verbally (including to prepare, conduct and summarize party, witness, and expert interviews to aid in case development) and in writing (including pleadings, contracts, discovery, briefs, motions, forms, etc.) to diverse audiences while maintaining confidentiality and data security.
  2. Act in accordance with the rules of professional conduct, attorney and paralegal ethical codes, and organizational policies which includes the adaptability and flexibility to work as an effective member of a legal team in a variety of roles, as well as the ability to organize, prioritize, schedule and track assignments and appointments to meet deadlines.
  3. Use the latest technology and software utilized by the legal community to ensure accurate billing and timekeeping, file and maintain case information, and prepare accurate legal documents and correspondence.
  4. Demonstrate research and investigative skills to analyze fact patterns; identify legal issues; locate, apply, and properly cite law with proficiency in both printed and online resources.
  5. Demonstrate effective legal knowledge and practical skills necessary to perform substantive legal work under the direction of an attorney, while maintaining a client service orientation.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ACCT-1020 Applied Accounting (or higher) 3
PL-1001 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications
Honors Computer Applications
Select one of the following: 3
American National Government
Honors American National Government
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
MATH-1100 Mathematical Explorations (or higher) 3
PHIL-1020 Introduction to Logic 3
PL-1300 Civil Procedure 3
PL-1401 Legal Research and Writing I 3
PL-1502 Law Office Technology 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II
Honors College Composition II
 Credit Hours18
Third Semester
PL-2301 Torts and Evidence 4
PL-2401 Legal Research and Writing II 3
PL-2440 Business Transactions 3
PL-xxxxAny PL elective course 2-3
Select one of the following: 3
Financial Accounting
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
Medical Terminology I
 Credit Hours15-16
Fourth Semester
PL-2851 Paralegal Practicum 1 1
PL-2991 Paralegal Capstone 2 1
PL-xxxxAny PL elective course 2-3
PL-xxxxAny PL elective course 3
PL-2xxxAny 2000-level PL elective course 3
Select one of the following: 3
State & Local Government
Constitutional Law
 Credit Hours13-14
 Total Credit Hours61-63

Can be waived with documentation of equivalent experience. Minimum of 60 credits for the degree still required.


 PL grades below a "C" will not be accepted and those courses will have to be re-taken. 

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.