PARALEGAL SCHOOL FEATURE
Sinclair Community College’s Paralegal Program, Dayton, OH [By Judith Earley] Sinclair Community College has a mission, should you choose to accept it. The school is committed to helping individuals turn dreams into achievable goals by offering accessible, high-quality, affordable learning opportunities.
Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH,
of the League’s elite Vanguard Colleges in
Students must be accepted into the
can trace its history back to the Dayton
2001. “Vanguard” is the term designated
paralegal program before enrolling in
YMCA. In 1887, the YMCA set aside two
by the League to recognize the top 12
program courses and must earn grades
rooms and began offering evening classes
two-year institutions in North America that
of “C” or better in all courses in order
in bookkeeping and mechanical drawing. At
consistently focus on student and learner
to graduate. Additionally, all paralegal
that time, it had 55 male students. By the
access and success. Sinclair Community
students acquire hands-on experience by
time the YMCA moved to a larger building at
College is fully accredited by The Higher
participating in selective internships.
West Third and Ludlow Streets in 1910, the
Learning Commission, a member of the
college was offering a broad curriculum and
North Central Association, and a member
Some additional benefits of Sinclair
improved facilities, including dormitories.
of the Ohio Association of Community
Community College’s paralegal program
Colleges. The SCC campus is located in
are its day, evening, and web classes taught
In the fall of 1929, the YMCA moved once
downtown Dayton, boasts an enrollment of
by experienced attorneys and paralegals,
again to an even larger building. By then,
24,000 students, and is one of the largest
excellent internship and placement
the college was offering several degrees
community college campuses in America.
opportunities, hands-on training in law office environments, and the fact that it has the
in several disciplines and housed a school of liberal arts, the Dayton YMCA School of
Sinclair’s paralegal program was the first
Commerce, the Dayton Law School, and the
program established in the Dayton area and
Dayton Technical School.
the first to be approved by the American Bar Association. The program is designed to
lowest tuition in the state of Ohio.
ON THE NET
In 1948, the YMCA College was officially
help students develop skills that will enable
renamed Sinclair College, in honor of
them to effectively provide legal services
Sinclair Community College’s Paralegal
David A. Sinclair, Secretary of the Dayton
under the supervision of attorneys and to
YMCA from 1874-1902 and founder of its
maintain a cutting-edge curriculum that
educational program. Sinclair had emigrated
emphasizes skills in critical thinking, writing,
to Dayton from the coastal North Scotland
teamwork, and assessment. Included
Highlands. The new Sinclair College was
within the program’s curriculum are
Sinclair Community College
authorized by the State Board of Education to
courses focused on teaching legal concepts,
continue conducting a junior college program
developing practical application techniques,
and conferring associate’s degrees in the
and implementing modern technology skills.
City of Dayton, OH
arts and sciences.
The general education requirements of
the paralegal program include theory and Sinclair was selected for membership in
practice, ethical legal practice, and legal
the prestigious League for Innovation in the
field technology courses.
Community College in 1989 and became one
Sinclair Community College in Dayton offers paralegal program which was the first program established in Dayton area.