College of Applied Science and Technology
(formerly Summit College)

Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies Fundamentals

Legal assistants play a vital role as they assist attorneys, judges and others who are decision makers in our law-oriented world.

  • Core curriculum covers:
    • legal research and writing skills
    • how to prepare legal documents for specific areas of law
    • interviewing techniques
    • trial preparation and organization
    • civil procedures
    • family and tort law
    • probate and various civil procedures  

Our Faculty

  • All paralegal courses are taught by attorneys
  • Use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Real-world Experience

Enhance your classroom studies through the program’s 180-hour internship to gain valuable experience working in a private law office, government office or a court as a professional legal assistant.

Paralegal Student Organizations 

Interact with other paralegal students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

  • Paralegal Student Association
  • Pre-Law Club
  • Politics Club

Curriculum Guide

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in paralegal studies prepares you work in a variety of settings, such as law firms, corporate legal departments and government offices. They work in all areas of law, including:

  • litigation
  • personal injury
  • corporate law
  • criminal law
  • employee benefits
  • bankruptcy
  • family law
  • real estate

Career Outlook

The paralegal field is one of the fastest-growing career specializations in the nation. Employment opportunities are greatest in:

  • private law firms
  • corporate legal departments
  • insurance firms
  • banks
  • community legal-service programs
  • federal, state and local government agencies
  • consumer organizations

Career Center

The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • Career Resource Library
  • co-op/internships through Career Advantage Network
  • computer stations for resume writing and employment research
  • UA Career Fairs

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