Paralegal Studies Bachelor's Degree Overview
Paralegals help attorneys conduct interviews and investigations, research cases, draft legal documents, assist at real estate closings, depositions, trials, and more. Students learn how to be part of the legal team and work under the supervision and direction of attorneys.
UT's paralegal studies program is designed to provide students with a broad background in many different areas of law. It is the only program in northwest Ohio approved by the American Bar Association. Designated as a program of excellence, UT's program is the only paralegal program in the country with its own teaching courtroom, McQuade Courtroom. UT’s four different paralegal programs provide the education to assist attorneys in many different law-related careers.
Students gain real-world experience through internships where they earn academic credit. They also take courses that are taught in the state-of-the-art McQuade Courtroom by judges, magistrates and attorneys.
What to expect when you graduate
Career sources project an 85 percent increase in paralegal employment over the next eight years. Graduates can work in large and small law firms, corporate legal departments, banks, court systems, and government offices. In addition, paralegal studies is a great major for students interested in attending law school. Graduates with a bachelor degree in paralegal studies who meet certain criteria have guaranteed admission to UT’s College of Law.
College of Health and Human Services Highlights
- Outstanding labs and facilities - Learn in new, state-of-the-art classroom and lab spaces with equipment that lets you get hands-on to simulate the work you’ll do once you graduate.
- Benefit from on-campus opportunities - Take advantage of the close proximity to UT Medical Center hospital and outpatient services for volunteer experience and clinical rotations. Work in some of the Main Campus clinics to practice your skills and learn while providing direct service to the public. You can even work with the student-athletes in UT's athletics and recreation programs.
- Outstanding faculty - Learn from faculty who are as well-versed in the practice of health sciences as in the theory. They are distinguished researchers and providers who want to teach and mentor you.
- Master's and Ph.D. programs - These upper-level programs attract high-caliber faculty and resources that also benefit our undergraduate students.
Paralegal Studies Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
In addition to working in private law firms and private industry and government agency law offices, there are many other alternative legal careers you might explore in your search for a career path including claims specialist, employee relations specialist, property manager, congressional staff, mortgage officer, consumer advocate and many others.