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Paralegal Studies BAPL

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines a liberal arts/general education background with law-related specialty courses that provide students with communication, critical thinking and analytical skills. The 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 through hands-on experience both in their traditional classes and through the required internship course. 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.

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.

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 may begin taking Paralegal Studies Courses after completing 60 hours of coursework, with the exception of PARA 301, Ethics & Professionalism. Students may take PARA 301 in their sophomore year if they have completed the University Writing Requirement and have a 2.5 or higher grade point average. During the semester in which students will be completing the first 60 hours of their degree or prior to taking PARA 301, they must submit an application to the Paralegal Studies Program. At this time, it is recommended that students have at least a 2.5 grade point average. The application form is available on the program’s website.


  • Students must complete 120 semester hours to graduate.
  • 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 21 semester hours of coursework at the 300 level at Roosevelt.
  • Pursuant to American Bar Association Guidelines, students may take no more than 6 out of the 10 Paralegal Studies Courses (PARA) online.


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

  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
  PARA 330 Paralegal Internship .....3

Electives in Paralegal

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

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.

For students who have completed an associate degree from another ABA-Approved paralegal program, 12 hours of the paralegal courses from that program my transfer towards the 30 hours of paralegal courses required for the BA so long as they were taken no more than six years prior to the date on which the students enroll in our paralegal program. Additional paralegal courses from the other program may transfer to the BA program as General Electives, but cannot transfer towards the requirements of the Functional Area.

Core Curriculum

Introductory Courses

  PARA 101 Introduction to Law .....3
  PLS 290 Technological and Quantitative Literacy .....3
Select one
  PLS 201 Pro-Seminar in Critical Skills OR .....6
  PLS 302 Methods of Critical Reasoning .....3

Other Requirements

Functional Area
  Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor. .....18
General Education Requirements
  Three courses in Humanities .....9
  Three courses in Natural Sciences .....9
  Three courses in Social Sciences .....9
General Education Requirements (University Writing Requirement)
  RU Assessment test determines if additional courses are required. .....
  ENG 101 Introduction to Composition .....3
  ENG 102 Argument, Analysis, and Research .....3
  MATH 095 Developmental Mathematics .....
To be selected from any area: additional courses to complete the 120-hour requirement.