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.
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
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:
* 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.
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