The Paralegal Studies Program offers three program options for individuals looking to earn or complete their bachelor’s degree. All three program options are approved by the American Bar Association and are described below.
The Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies is a 4-year, 120-credit hour, 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 courses provide a thorough 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. Download a printable Fact Sheet.
The Paralegal Studies program is also offered as part of Roosevelt's Flex-Track Program for Adults. This fully-accredited undergraduate degree is designed for adults 24 years of age or older. Students are able to complete a bachelor's degree in the evening with courses offered in an accelerated 8-week calendar. Some Online courses are also available in this program.
Students choosing a major in Roosevelt University’s College of Arts and Sciences can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree combined with the coursework required for the ABA-approved Paralegal Studies Program. The BA/Paralegal Credential program option is ideal for students interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession – either as a paralegal or, after attending law school, as a lawyer. The paralegal courses provide an excellent background in legal terminology, procedures, concepts and a variety of legal practice areas giving future law school students an advantage over their classmates who have not had prior legal training. Students start work on their paralegal courses in the last year of their undergraduate studies, after they have completed 96 credit hours, including all general education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences and all of the requirements for both their major and the Legal Studies minor. Download a printable Fact Sheet.
The American Bar Association does not approve fully online programs. Accordingly, this program may not be completed entirely in an online format. However, certain courses in the program are offered online as indicated in the course schedules. In order to maintain consistency with ABA requirements, students are required to take at least ten semester credits or the equivalent, of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction
Students interested in pursuing one of the bachelor degree program options should apply to Roosevelt University for undergraduate admission. At the appropriate time in their degree program usually, after they have completed 60 semester hours of coursework towards their degree, students then submit an application to the Paralegal Studies Program. It is suggested that these students apply to the Paralegal Studies Program within one semester of the intended start date for the paralegal courses. These applicants should maintain an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 for eligibility to the program.
If you are currently enrolled in one of our Bachelor Degree Program Options, you should submit this Application Form, along with the requested Statement of Intent in the semester before you plan to start taking paralegal courses.
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Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies 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 18 hours of upper-division (300-level) paralegal courses instead of the usual 30 hours required for the degree. The 18 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.
The Paralegal Studies Program has articulation agreements (2 + 2 degree completion programs) with certain Community Colleges that have ABA-approved paralegal programs. For students who are eligible for these agreements, the requirements for upper-division (300-level) paralegal courses to be taken at Roosevelt are set forth in the agreement. The articulation agreements can be found on the Transfer page of the Roosevelt University website.
Admission for Non-Certificate or Non-Degree Seeking Students: Graduates of the Paralegal Studies Program are invited to take additional classes in the program. Graduates wishing to do so should contact the Paralegal Studies Program office for registration information. All other individuals wishing to take classes in the program must apply to the program and pursue one of the available program options.
It is possible for students in certain degree programs offered by Roosevelt University’s College of Professional Studies to choose paralegal courses for the required functional area. College of Professional Studies students who have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours of their undergraduate courses and have maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or higher may take up to six paralegal courses as their functional area. Taking paralegal courses as a functional area is not intended to prepare students to work as paralegals, but to allow them to learn about the field of law as part of their undergraduate studies. Students taking the classes as a functional area do not have access to all program services such as career development assistance. For more information on the degree programs available please visit the College of Professional Studies.
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