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Paralegal BA Degree

Career Development

The Paralegal Studies Program provides career development services to its students and graduates, in addition to lifetime access to the program's online job board.  For access to the online job board, please contact the Assistant Director at cbritton01@roosevelt.edu or (312) 281-3185.

Services provided:

Current  Paralegal Job Openings

In addition to the positions below, please visit our Job Board for current paralegal job openings.

Career Development

The Paralegal Studies Program offers lifetime career development assistance to its students and graduates.  This assistance is available in many forms. The program continuously collects information from graduates to provide updated job placement statistics and salary information. The program maintains an online job board where employers can post available job positions and students and graduates can post their resume to the program’s website for employers to review. Students may participate in an internship while in the program. Career Workshops are held for current students. In addition, students are encouraged to meet personally with a member of the Paralegal Studies Program staff, usually the Assistant Director.  Students and graduates of the program also have access to the career services offered by Roosevelt University's Office of Career Development. The program seeks to keep in touch with its graduates and distributes graduate surveys on a regular basis. Click here for more information on surveys and to access a survey form.

Current Program Job Placement Statistics and Salary Information

Please click here for the most recent job placement and salary information available on our graduates. Salary information from the Illinois Paralegal Association is also included.

Online Job Board

Legal employers contact the Paralegal Studies Program seeking to hire graduates of the program for positions within their organizations.  Paralegal Studies Program students and graduates have access to these job positions through the Paralegal Studies Program online job board located on the program’s website (www.roosevelt.edu/paralegal). In addition, students and graduates can post their resumes to the program’s website for employers to review. The job board is password protected and access is limited to program students and graduates. If you are a current student or graduate and need access to the online job board, please contact the Assistant Director, Chanita Britton at cbritton01@roosevelt.edu or (312) 281-3185.

Internships

In addition to classroom training, internships offer a tremendous opportunity for students to learn and perhaps even secure a full-time position. The program works with many law firms, corporations and governmental agencies throughout the Chicago metropolitan area to offer students a variety of internship opportunities.  If selected for an internship, the student registers for the Paralegal Internship course for their elective course. An internship is not required in order to graduate, but it is highly recommended for students seeking to gain practical work experience in a legal environment. The Paralegal Internship course is required for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies bachelor degree program.  

Students must apply for and be selected by an intern sponsor that the program has made arrangements with in order to enroll in the Paralegal Internship course.  It may also be possible for a student to secure an internship on their own and have it count for credit toward their elective course.  This must be approved by the program in advance of the internship start date.

Recent internship sponsors include:

  • The Chicago Park District
  • Swanson, Martin & Bell
  • Office of the Cook County Public Defender
  • Mintel Group, Ltd.
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Kamerlink, Stark, McCormack, & Powers, LLC

If you are interested in sponsoring a paralegal intern, please contact Chanita M. Britton (Assistant Director) for more information at 312-281-3185 or cbritton01@roosevelt.edu.

Career Workshops

Career Workshops are held throughout the academic year, and all students are encouraged to attend one as they approach their completion of the program. The workshops feature experienced graduates of the program or representatives of local legal recruiting firms. A presentation is conducted on career related topics including: preparing a resume and cover letter; interviewing skills and tips; working in different areas of the law; and conducting an effective job search.  At the workshops all students receive a comprehensive Career Development and Job Search Manual, which is prepared and updated regularly by the program and is geared specifically toward finding a job in the legal profession.

Career Advising

All current students and graduates can meet individually with the Assistant Director and receive advising in career-related matters including: resume and cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, conducting an effective job search and advice on the area of law or type of organization most suited for their individual interests and skills. It is recommended that students and graduates make arrangements with the Assistant Director to have their resume reviewed prior to posting it on the program’s website.

Additional Career Resources

Recruiting Firms: We encourage paralegal job seekers to consider working with legal staffing firms who are hired to fill available temporary and permanent legal positions in law firms and corporate legal departments. Click here for a list of websites for several local legal recruiting firms.

General Career Resources: Click here for a list of links to a variety of resources that may be useful for anyone conducting a job search in the legal profession.

Transcripts

To obtain an official transcript of your academic record in the Paralegal Studies Program or to request a copy of your certificate, please go to Transcript Request. {Please note: Requests may take 7-10 business days to process}.