An internship course is an option for all students. The program works with many law firms, corporations and government agencies throughout the Chicago metropolitan area to offer students a variety of internship opportunities. Recent internship sponsors include:
- Reyes Kurson, Ltd.
- Masters Law Group, LLC
- IL Dept. of Corrections
- Mintel Group, Ltd.
- Chicago Transit Authority
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
- Circuit Court of Cook County
- Center for Disability & Elder Law
- Lawyers Committee for Better Housing
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Our CLE seminars are designed for paralegal students who wish to expand on what they are learning in their classes, experienced paralegals seeking to expand their skills in a new area of law, or paralegals who wish to refresh their skills. The seminars are not designed to prepare someone for entry into the paralegal profession. Seminars are generally offered in the spring or summer. When available, details and registration information will be posted on our upcoming events list.
The Paralegal Studies Program does not seek or receive approval from the American Bar Association for the CLE seminars it offers or for any aspect of the CLE program.
New Scholarship Opportunity!
Each year, AAfPE awards $1,500.00 to the winner and $500.00 to the runner-up of the LEX Scholarship Competition to be used by the students to continue the pursuit of their paralegal or legal studies education. In addition, the winning essays are published in The Legal Educator, AAfPE's double-blind peer-reviewed professional journal, reaching thousands of paralegal and legal studies educators, paralegals, attorneys, publishers and other legal professionals nationwide.
- Be registered as a full or part-time student in a school that has a LEX Chapter
- Submit a LEX scholarship application, including all required supporting documentation, on or before the deadline (March 6, 2020)
Applicants must complete a LEX scholarship application and upload the following documents:
- An essay of 500 to 750 words (two to three doubled spaced typed pages) on the topic selected by the LEX Scholarship Committee (View this year's scholarship question). Essays should be written with standard margins and type size. Exceeding the maximum page and word limits may result in point deductions.
- A letter indicating the applicant is a student in good standing from a faculty member or a signed Certificate of Good Standing
In addition, applicants must grant AAfPE permission to reprint their essays in The Legal Educator, post their essays to the AAfPE website and/or reproduce their essays in any other AAfPE electronic or print medium.