Undergraduate Programs


The University of Toledo offers one of the premier Paralegal Studies programs in the country and is approved by the ABA.

Paralegals support attorneys in their work. They research cases, prepare legal briefs and even interview clients and witnesses. Paralegals work in private law firms, corporate law departments, nonprofits and government agencies.

Legal & Paralegal Studies program offers a pathway to a legal career and is an outstanding pre-law track.

The Legal & Paralegal Studies Program is offered for paralegal education and provides coursework and practical experiences designed to develop the knowledge and communication skills necessary for contribution to the legal profession. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as provided by law. Students must take at least 9 semester credits of legal specialty courses through synchronous delivery (i.e., either through traditional face to face classroom instruction or interactive video technology instruction).

Learn more about the Legal and Paralegal Studies program.

Top Reasons to Study legal and Paralegal Studies at UToledo

  1. Distinguished paralegal program.
    UToledo’s program is ABA-approved. Only about 20% of U.S. paralegal programs earn that distinction, which many employers prefer. 
  2. Outstanding pre-law track.
    Program graduates have done well in law school because they have an understanding of the legal system and good communication, logic and analytical skills. UToledo’s Legal & Paralegal Studies program helps students master all of these skills.
  3. A one-of-a-kind courtroom/classroom.
    UToledo is one of the only paralegal programs in the country with its own teaching courtroom. This state-of-the-art facility offers hands-on training in courtroom technology and includes:
    • Laptops loaded with litigation, law practice management and other software
    • Flat-screen monitors in the jury box, counsel tables, witness stand and bench
    • A classroom integrated audio-video system capable of providing live lectures for remote students, video conferencing, and recorded lectures
    • Digital content provisions for a more immersive court experience or teaching environment
    • Autonomous camera providing unmanned video tracking of lecturers
  4. Experiential learning.
    • Unique criminal forensics and trial practice class. This popular, hands-on course is the first of its kind in the country. The class is a collaboration between paralegal studies and UToledo’s criminal justice program. Students are placed on prosecution and defense teams and assigned as crime scene investigators, paralegals and attorneys. They investigate a homicide and conduct a jury trial.
    • Nationally-recognized mock trial team. Join this competitive, prestigious team that sets UToledo’s paralegal studies program apart. The mock trial team has been national champion 10 times and qualified for the finals 13 times.
  5. Expert faculty.
    UToledo Paralegal Studies courses combine legal theory and practical "how-to" techniques. They are taught by lawyers and judges who specialize and publish in the areas they teach.
  6. Options.
    The Legal & Paralegal Studies program also have these options:

 

What jobs can I get with a legal and paralegal studies degree?

Paralegal jobs are growing faster than the national average for other careers. UToledo Paralegal Studies students learn the strong technology and database management skills employers seek.

Nearly all of our students go on to professional or graduate schools, or take jobs in private law firms, corporations, nonprofits and government agencies.

Paralegal Studies graduates also are well prepared for alternate careers that include law enforcement, politics, compliance, human resources and others.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

At UToledo, we take you beyond the textbooks and the four walls of a classroom. These real-world experiences are what help our graduates gain professional skills and land jobs.

Internships

All UToledo Paralegal Studies students complete 180-hour internships in local law firms, government agencies or private businesses. Students learn on-the-job skills and make connections. Many receive job offers from their internship employers.

Internships help you:

  • Gain practical experience
  • Build your resume
  • Refine your skills
  • Cultivate contacts

Research

UToledo is known for its undergraduate research opportunities. Start as early as your freshman year. Work with faculty who enjoy collaborating with students.

99
undergraduates received research funding (2022)
21,000+
hours spent by undergraduates on research

Our Office of Undergraduate Research can:

  • Connect you to faculty mentors and projects
  • Help you find funding
  • Help you present your research at conferences and other events

Study Abroad

Travel, experience new cultures and meet new people — all while earning college credit.

UToledo's Education Abroad Office can help you find the perfect opportunity. You can apply for grants, scholarships and financial aid to help fund study abroad.

  • Semester at Sea
  • Short-term, summer and faculty-led trips
  • Direct exchange programs with other universities
  • Teach English abroad
  • Global health program (med student clerkships)
  • Rocket Kids (work with youth around the world)

Rocket Kids Semester

The Rocket Kids program offers University students a fall, spring or summer semester internship providing recreational programming to U.S. military youth while experiencing the world in locations such as Germany, Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Rocket Kids interns will gain practical experience in programming, leadership, health and wellness, creative arts, performing arts, cultural and literary arts, team and individual sports, adventure and outdoor recreation and STEM education.

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On-campus and Part-time Jobs

  • Learn skills that prepare you for a career after graduation.
  • Build your resume.
  • Earn money.

If you want to work, there are plenty of opportunities on campus and at businesses near campus. If you demonstrate financial need, you may qualify for the federal work-study program.

Student Organizations

Our most successful students get involved.

UToledo has 400+ student organizations that will help you:

  • Make friends.
  • Build your resume.
  • Network.
  • Be a leader.
  • Serve your community.
  • Have fun!

Tuition and Scholarships

Most new students don't pay full price. 94% of new UToledo students receive scholarships or other state and federal aid.

Keep in mind: Your cost will vary by college, program and a host of other options. This is the average amount full-time students pay per year.

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Choose Ohio First scholarship

Ohio residents who have been accepted into this STEM program are eligible for the Choose Ohio First scholarship — a four-year, renewable scholarship.

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Honors College

The Jesup Scott Honors College at The University of Toledo offer our best and brightest the resources and opportunities needed to unlock your fullest potential. Whether you aspire following graduation to cure disease, innovate technology, advance statecraft, redefine markets, or express creatively, together we can fuel vibrant and promising tomorrows.

Honors students come from a variety of countries, backgrounds and cultures. While we may bond over a tough class, our differences make us blossom.

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Benefits of Honors

The Honors College is a community of academically gifted students from all majors on campus. Students take unique Honors classes taught by dedicated Honors faculty and complete an Honors thesis or capstone project in their major, earning the Honors medallion at graduation within their normal program of study. Honors students are challenged to think more deeply and broadly about what they learn. With special academic, cultural, and professional development opportunities, their education extends beyond the classroom.

Honors students can also choose exclusive housing in the Honors Academic Village or the historic McKinnon, Scott and Tucker Halls.

Explore more about what the Honors College can offer you as a budding professional, inquisitive scholar, and engaged person.

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 11/16/23