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Program Overview | Program Philosophy | Program History | What is a Paralegal

Program Overview

The Paralegal Studies Program at Roosevelt University, located in Chicago, Illinois and Schaumburg, Illinois, is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in the legal profession. The program offers a challenging course of study that prepares its graduates for a variety of paralegal job opportunities. A post-baccalaureate certificate is offered for those students holding a bachelor's degree, and three bachelor degree options are available for Roosevelt University undergraduate students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree and our paralegal courses combined. Our classes are taught by experienced attorneys and paralegals and offer practical, hands-on legal training. We are one of the Midwest's oldest and largest paralegal education programs. We have earned the approval of the American Bar Association since 1976. For more than 10,000 alumni working in law, government, and business, the Paralegal Studies Program at Roosevelt University has been the paralegal program of choice.

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Program Goals

The goals of the Paralegal Studies Program are for its students to:

1. Understand the basic concepts of substantive and procedural law including the operation of the legal system and the theory of law
2. Be able to work competently as a paralegal under the supervision of an attorney
3. Understand the ethical obligations of a paralegal

Program Philosophy

The Paralegal Studies Program is an institution of higher and practical learning. Theory is addressed and covered, especially in relation to ethics, the unauthorized practice of law and professional responsibility. However, the focus of the program is on the practical aspects of law.

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Program History

Established in 1974, and first approved by the American Bar Association in 1976, the program has been educating paralegals for over 35 years. The program enjoys an excellent reputation in the legal community and our graduates are in great demand.

In August 2004, Roosevelt University announced that its renowned Lawyer's Assistant Program was changing its name to the Paralegal Studies Program. The name change reflected contemporary language used in the profession and coincided with the program's 30th year of serving Chicagoland's legal community.

What is a Paralegal?

Paralegals perform substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney. Paralegals must have a knowledge and understanding of legal concepts, because they perform a wide variety of tasks including: conducting interviews with clients and witnesses, gathering facts, researching the law, managing databases, reviewing, analyzing and assembling records and documents, drafting legal pleadings and discovery items such as complaints and interrogatories and maintaining conflicts of interest systems. Experienced paralegals often accompany counsel during trial and help with document management and 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 the type of work paralegals perform in different practice areas, visit the websites of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the National Association of Legal Assistants.

For detailed information on the paralegal profession including the work environment, job outlook, educational requirements and salary information, read the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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