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Paralegal Studies, BPS


The Paralegal Studies Program at Roosevelt University is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in the legal profession. The program, approved by the American Bar Association since 1976, offers a challenging course of study that prepares graduates for a variety of paralegal opportunities. Classes are taught by experienced attorneys and paralegals and offer practical, hands-on legal training. Roosevelt’s paralegal program is one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest, with more than 10,000 alumni working in law, government, and business. For those seeking a marketable skill, looking to change careers, or considering law school, the Paralegal Studies Program at Roosevelt is an excellent choice.

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.


Students must apply and be accepted to the Paralegal Studies Program and have earned a 2.5 grade point average before taking any paralegal course. Paralegal studies courses must be taken after all course work for the BPS degree, including PLS 399, Senior Thesis, has been successfully completed. Grades of C or higher are required in all paralegal courses.

With the approval of the director of the Paralegal Studies Program, students may transfer as many as 12 semester hours, taken no longer than six years prior to the date on which the student starts taking paralegal courses at Roosevelt, from other American Bar Association-approved paralegal programs. Pursuant to ABA Guidelines, students may take no more than 6 out of the 10 paralegal courses online (including paralegal transfer courses).

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.


Grades of C or higher are required in all paralegal (PARA) courses.

  OLED 320 Organizational Communications I .....3
  PARA 301 Ethics and Professionalism .....3
  PARA 302 Legal Research .....3
  PARA 303 Civil Law .....3
  PARA 304 Pre-Trial Litigation .....3
  PARA 305 Commercial Law .....3
  PARA 306 Trial and Post-Trial Litigation .....3
  PARA 325 Legal Writing .....3
  PARA 329 Legal Technology .....3

Functional Area or Minor

  Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor .....18

Paralegal Electives

Six hours required
  PARA 309 Real Estate .....3
  PARA 319 Intellectual Property .....3
  PARA 323 Estates, Trusts & Wills .....3
  PARA 326 Criminal Law .....3
  PARA 327 Corporation and LLC Law .....3
  PARA 330 Paralegal Internship .....3
  PARA 331 Bankruptcy .....3
  PARA 332 Labor and Employment Law .....3
  PARA 333 Paralegal Internship II .....3

Schedule of Courses

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 towards 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.

Core Curriculum

BPS degrees replace traditional general education courses and electives with an innovative Core Curriculum, consisting of interdisciplinary seminars and a Senior Thesis research project. These seminars, designed for adult students, reduce the time required to complete degree requirements. Courses in the BPS core are designated with the PLS prefix (Professional and Liberal Studies). The BPS Core Curriculum includes:

Introductory Seminars

  MATH 095 Developmental Mathematics .....
  MATH 110 Quantitative Reasoning or PLS 290 (see below) .....3
  PLS 201 Pro-Seminar in Critical Skills (for students with <60h of transfer credit) - OR PLS 302 (see below) .....6
  PLS 290 Seminar in Technological and Quantitative Literacy -OR- Math 110 Quantitative Reasoning .....3
  PLS 302 Methods of Critical Reasoning (for students with >60h transfer credit or AA/AS degree) .....3

Senior Seminars

  PLS 390 Seminar in the Social Sciences .....6
  PLS 391 Seminar in the Natural Sciences .....6
  PLS 392 Seminar in the Humanities .....6
  PLS 399 Senior Thesis .....3

University Writing Requirement

  Roosevelt University Assessment placement test to determine if additional courses are required .....
  ENG 101 Introduction to Composition .....3
  ENG 102 Argument, Analysis, Research .....3

Senior Seminars

* Students may waive one PLS Senior Seminar with nine semester hours of appropriate transferable credit with at least a 2.0 average in a single seminar area; students with 60 semester hours of transfer credit or an Associates’ Degree in Arts or Science may waive two Senior Seminars.

Other Requirements

  • Students must be 24 years of age when they start the program.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Roosevelt and maintain a 2.0 grade point average to graduate.
  • Students must successfully complete a minimum of nine semester hours at the 300 level in the major at Roosevelt.
  • Students must consult with an advisor every semester prior to registering to ensure that selected courses are appropriate for their specific BPS major.