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