Paralegal Studies

About the Program

The Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association.  The goal of the University of Cincinnati’s Paralegal Program is to educate lay persons to assist supervising attorneys with the performance of ethical and substantive legal work, thereby contributing to the efficient and economic delivery of legal services in both the public and private sectors.

  • The Paralegal Program at the University of Cincinnati was ranked #9 among the top 10 ABA approved programs in the country, September 2013!

Program Mission

To aid students in becoming ethical, competent paralegals with the analytical, interpersonal communication, and technological skills needed to succeed and excel in a diverse and ever-changing legal profession. The program teaches skills in legal research and analysis, drafting legal documents, interviewing and fact gathering where the students will have an opportunity to learn through practical application. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the legal skills necessary to assist in the legal activities of law firms, businesses, insurance companies, financial institutions, public agencies, title companies and/or government offices. Classes are offered in day and evening and may be completed on a part or full-time basis.

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

Visits and campus tours can be arranged. If you are a high school  or undergraduate student interested in the Paralegal program in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, please attend our daily Admissions Presentation at 1:00 PM in the Student Services Center, located at 631 Dyer Hall. This can be coordinated with the Office of Admissions where you can also sign up for a college tour.  Contact the Admissions office at (513) 556-1100, or go to  If you already have a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.75 gpa, please contact CECH Student Services.

Program Goals and Objectives

Upon graduation from the paralegal program, students will:

1.   Demonstrate effective legal knowledge and practical skills necessary to perform substantive legal work under the direction of an attorney

2.   Understand their ethical obligations in the legal profession

3.   Read, analyze and synthesize complex information in an organized an logical manner

4.   Effectively communicate orally, in writing and in interpersonal situations

5.   To be proficient in technology necessary to meet employer needs and provide the student with a quality education in paralegal studies based in an ethical, technological, and contemporary understanding of the law that is responsive to the needs of the legal community.


Paralegal Job Opportunity

Law Firm
Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Description/Requirements:

Assist attorneys with all aspects of probate, estate, guardianship and trust administration, including, but not limited to the evaluation of estate assets, preparation and filing of court documents, court accountings, estate tax returns and final distribution of assets to beneficiaries.  Will have a high degree of client contact.

  • Probate paralegal experience preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Perfect Form
  • Familiarity with Practice Master software and Intuit ProSeries tax software a plus
  • Ability to prepare Federal and State Tax Returns a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in e-filing with county, municipal and federal courts
  • Highly organized, dependable, self-motivated and require minimal supervision
  • Follow all company policies and procedures

Full time

Health insurance and 401(k) plan offered

Salary commensurate with experience

Send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to


Contact Us

Emma R. Wright, J.D.
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator
Phone: (513) 556-1731
Fax: 513-556-3303 Email:

For Advisory Information, please contact:
College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services Student Services Center

Applying for the Baccalaureate Paralegal Program:

Applying for the Post Baccalaureate Certificate Paralegal Program:
College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services Student Services Center