Paralegal Studies (2-year) Associate's Degree Overview
The University of Toledo’s paralegal studies program is one of the best in the nation and a model for other programs. It is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). That’s important to future employers.
Paralegals work with attorneys. They help research, write briefs and interview clients and witnesses. They work in law offices, corporate legal departments, nonprofits and government.
An associate’s degree prepares you for a career. It also can be a gateway to a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies or a graduate degree in law or another professional program.
Paralegal Studies (2-year) Associate's Degree Highlights
- An unrivaled paralegal program. UToledo’s paralegal studies program has been called a Program of Excellence by the Ohio Board of Regents. Other universities model their programs after ours.
- Seamless transition to bachelor’s degree. UT’s 2+2 transition program makes it easy for anyone who already has an associate’s degree to earn a bachelor’s in paralegal studies with just two more years of full-time course work.
- Our own teaching courtroom. UToledo’s paralegal program is one of the few with a state-of-the-art courtroom/classroom. Undergraduates learn the technology skills that employers value. They also receive hands-on training in trial presentation software and courtroom technology.
- Hands-on learning with faculty experts. Classes are taught by lawyers and judges who combine theory with practical skills.
Department of Labor stats show that paralegal jobs are growing faster than the national average for other careers. UToledo paralegal studies students learn the technology skills that employers want in this competitive job market.
Paralegals work in:
- Private law firms
- Private industry/corporate legal departments
- Government agencies
Paralegal Studies (2-year) Associate's Degree Curriculum
UToledo students get practical legal experience and a broad understanding of legal and ethical concepts. Undergraduates are introduced to legal technology, including trial presentation and litigation support programs.
Paralegal Studies Associate’s Degree Sample Classes
- Tort Law
- Estate and Probate Administration
- Family Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
Internship Opportunities for Paralegal Studies (2-year) Associate's Degree
UToledo paralegal studies students get on-the-job training with a required 180-hour internship in a local law firm, government agency or private business. Many students receive job offers from their employers.