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Paralegal Studies, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Paralegal Studies Program, approved by the American Bar Association, is designed for college graduates who wish to pursue careers in the legal profession. According to recent information provided by the United States Department of Labor, the current high demand for paralegal services is expected to continue well into this century. Roosevelt University's Paralegal Studies Program, one of the Midwest's oldest and largest paralegal training schools, has a long history and a strong reputation that prepares students to meet this growing need. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Certificate in Paralegal Studies and have practical legal skills, enabling them to assume paralegal responsibilities with confidence.

Paralegals perform substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney. Paralegals must have a solid understanding of legal concepts, and they perform a wide range of tasks including conducting interviews with clients and witnesses, gathering facts, researching the law, managing databases, assembling records, analyzing documents, drafting legal pleadings, drafting discovery items such as complaints and interrogatories, and maintaining conflict-of-interest systems. Experienced paralegals often accompany counsel during trial and help with document organization, witness preparation, and research. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. For more information on the paralegal profession and our program, please visit the program's website.

Admission

Applicants for the post-baccalaureate certificate must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution; previous training in the law is not necessary. The program suggests an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions must be submitted directly from the issuing institution to: Roosevelt University, Paralegal Studies Program, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. The transcript from the institution issuing the bachelor’s degree must indicate that the degree was awarded. Letters of recommendation and an interview may also be requested. There is a nonrefundable application fee. For an appointment, call (312) 281-3186. The application form is available on the program’s website.

Curriculum
The curriculum, which is reviewed and updated regularly to meet American Bar Association guidelines, is comprised entirely of law courses. Instruction focuses on procedural and practical aspects of the profession. The program surveys paralegal employers, current students, and graduates on a regular basis to receive their insights on the curriculum and the needs of the legal community. The program also receives guidance from its board of advisors, composed of leading educators and members of the legal community.

Course schedules
The Paralegal Studies Program offers unique and flexible schedules. Full-time students can complete the program during the day in Chicago in only 4 ½ months. For working students, a part-time evening schedule is offered in Chicago and a Saturday/Online program is offered on our Schaumburg campus. Both of the part-time schedules can be completed in a year or less. Certain courses are available online. However, pursuant to American Bar Association Guidelines, students may take no more than 4 out of the 8 required courses online (including transfer courses).

Academic performance
Students are required to complete 24 hours of course work with grades of 70 percent or better to earn their certificates. Grades are issued on the basis of honors (90 percent or higher), pass (70 percent through 89 percent), and fail (less than 70 percent). Students can earn a Certificate with Honors by completing seven of the eight required courses in the program with a grade of honors.

Lambda Epsilon Chi, National Paralegal Honor Society
Roosevelt University maintains a chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), a national paralegal honor society founded by the American Association for Paralegal Education. Members are inducted in April and October of each year and receive a commemorative certificate and membership pin. Their names are entered into the permanent records of the Lambda Epsilon Chi national paralegal honor society.

Requirements

Eight, three-semester hour courses are required to complete the post-baccalaureate certificate.

Students have seven required courses, listed below:

  LAWA L01 Ethics & Professionalism .....3
  LAWA L02 Legal Research .....3
  LAWA L03 Civil Law .....3
  LAWA L04 Pre-Trial Litigation .....3
  LAWA L05 Commercial Law .....3
  LAWA L06 Trial & Post-Trial Litigation .....3
  LAWA L25 Legal Writing .....3

Students take one of the following Elective Courses:

  LAWA L09 Real Estate .....3
  LAWA L19 Intellectual Property .....3
  LAWA L23 Estates, Trusts & Wills .....3
  LAWA L26 Criminal Law .....3
  LAWA L27 Corporation and LLC law .....3
  LAWA L29 Legal Technology .....3
  LAWA L30 Paralegal Internship .....3
  LAWA L31 Bankruptcy .....3
  LAWA L32 Labor and Employment Law .....3

Course Schedule

Paralegal elective courses run on a rotating basis throughout the academic year determined by market demand and student interest. Not all elective courses are offered every semester except for the Paralegal Internship.

Transfer of Paralegal Courses

The program may accept up to 12 semester hours of paralegal courses toward the Paralegal Studies Program course requirements from other ABA-approved paralegal programs. The courses need to have been taken no longer than six years prior to the date on which the students enroll in our paralegal program.