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Paralegal Certificate, Combined with BA

Offered in: CHICAGO

Paralegals are an integral part of the legal environment and work in a variety of settings including law firms, corporations, insurance companies, banks, and government offices. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Roosevelt University's Paralegal Studies program has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1976, and offers courses which provide an excellent background in legal terminology, procedures and a variety of legal practice areas giving students a solid background with which to begin their career. The program focuses on the practical aspects of the law and students learn the latest legal technology being utilized in the profession. This program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a paralegal or other related positions in the legal field and is also an excellent choice for students interested in attending law school.


Students choosing a major in Arts and Sciences may pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree combined with the Paralegal Certificate offered by the Paralegal Studies program. Students start work on the paralegal courses in the last year of their undergraduate studies after they have completed requirements for their major and legal studies minor. They then take eight courses in the Paralegal Studies Program (PARA) as their electives.

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.


Students must have a 2.5 GPA and submit an application to the Paralegal Studies Program before enrolling in the Paralegal courses.


All Paralegal courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Pursuant to American Bar Association Guidelines, students must take at least 10 semester hours of the Paralegal program's courses through traditional classroom instruction.

  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 330 Paralegal Internship OR one course, as described below. .....3
PARA 330 Paralegal Internship OR one course in a substantive area of law such as intellectual property, real estate, bankruptcy, special education law or legal technology is required.

Transfer of Paralegal courses

Students who have completed 15 or more hours of paralegal studies courses from an ABA-approved paralegal program (with a grade of C or better) that are no more than 6 years old, will be required to take only 12 hours of upper-division (300-level) Paralegal courses. The 12 hours of Paralegal courses will be selected in consultation with an academic advisor in the Paralegal Studies program. Credit hours earned for the Paralegal Studies courses at the previous paralegal program may transfer as general elective requirements.