Paralegal - Mission and Outcomes | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Program Mission and Outcomes

  • Mission Statement:

    The mission of the Paralegal Program is to provide a quality, post-baccalaureate education that will prepare students for careers in the legal profession, as paralegals and legal assistants, or in non-traditional roles that may utilize paralegal skills. The Paralegal Program will equip students with strong analytical, communication, organizational, and technology skills necessary to enter into and succeed in legal and business communities. The Paralegal Program will educate students about substantive areas of the law and how these areas intersect with ethical and practical considerations in a variety of law-related situations.

    Program Objectives:

    We are committed to ensuring our students are prepared and equipped to meet the demands of the paralegal profession upon completion of this certificate program. The Paralegal Program at Capital University Law School expects the program staff and faculty to meet the following program objectives:

    1. Teach students the fundamentals of foundational legal theories and principles in various areas of the law.
    2. Require students to develop critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to adapt in a variety of legal environments and to generate, support and complete intended client outcomes.
    3. Encourage collaboration between paralegal students and law students by providing academic and professional opportunities that foster joint efforts.
    4. Introduce students to the ethical standards and obligations imposed on all legal professionals, with specific emphasis on the standards and obligations imposed on paralegals and legal assistants.
    5. Familiarize students with information about the most current legal resources and law-related technology available to legal professionals.
    6. Provide opportunities to students within and outside the classroom environment where they can apply practical, organizational, research, communication, and analytical skills in various areas of the law and legal scenarios.
    7. Prepare students to professionally communicate with strong written and verbal skills necessary to effectively convey to or obtain information from a myriad of audiences including attorneys, clients, and courts.
    8. Enhance professional development opportunities for students during the program through networking events, workshops, and individual career-planning sessions with the Office of Professional Development.

    Program Learning Outcomes:

    Upon completion of the Paralegal Program, students will be able to:

    1. Define legal terminology in numerous areas of the law.
    2. Identify major legal systems and functions of the law in American society.
    3. Discuss ethical rules and considerations applicable to the legal profession and non-attorney professionals.
    4. Draft a variety of documents, including, without limitation, case briefs, pleadings, discovery requests, office memoranda, correspondence, and legal forms.
    5. Analyze applicable case and statutory law as they relate to a variety of law-related topics and client scenarios.
    6. Apply legal research skills to support case law and statutory analysis, legal document preparation, and fact gathering in a variety of law-related situations.
    7. Demonstrate oral communication skills in a variety of professional settings.
    8. Utilize law- and office-related technology resources in a variety of law office procedures, including, without limitation, file management, timekeeping, document management, document creation, trial preparation, eDiscovery, and social media.

    Policy Information

    There is a substantial amount of important information for you to consider before attending our program.

    Transfer Policy

    You may apply to transfer up to 9 credit hours from an ABA-approved paralegal program. In order to transfer credits, you must be in good standing at the other institution and meet all admission requirements for the Capital University Law School Paralegal Program. We will not transfer credits for any course in which you receive below a “C.” Your transcript will reflect the award of a K credit for transferred credits and the grade will not be calculated into your cumulative grade point average.

    Honor Code

    The Capital University Law School Academic Honor Code, as revised for the Paralegal Program, applies to all certificate program students. If you are accepted into any certificate program, the Honor Code applies to you. The Honor Code is essential to the welfare of the legal profession and the people whom it serves. All students are expected to know the Honor Code and are bound by it.

    Attendance and Grades

    The American Bar Association establishes standards for program approval that include course and specific credit-hour requirements to ensure that students regularly attend class. Similarly, the federal government sets class-attendance standards for receiving federal financial aid. The Paralegal Program expects regular and punctual attendance of all program students, and attendance is taken at all class sessions.

    Please review the Paralegal Program Policy and Procedures Manual for more detail on these and other Paralegal Program and Law School policies.
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