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ABA Approved Paralegal Program
Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Fall B, Spring, Spring B
Program Type: Certificate

The program's curriculum, which is reviewed and updated regularly to meet American Bar Association guidelines, is composed entirely of law courses. Instruction focuses on procedural and practical aspects of the profession. The program surveys paralegal employers, current students and graduates on a regular basis to receive their insights on the curriculum and the needs of the legal community. The program also receives guidance from its board of advisers, composed of leading educators and members of the legal community.

The program emphasizes civil litigation. Eight courses are required to complete the post-baccalaureate certificate, including seven required courses and one elective course. The seven required courses are: Ethics & Professionalism, Legal Research, Civil Law, Litigation I, Commercial Law, Advanced Litigation & eDiscovery and Legal Writing. The program offers a variety of elective courses in different substantive areas of law such as Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Labor & Employment Law and Legal Technology. Instead of taking a traditional course, students may choose to participate in an internship to fulfill their elective course requirement. Please note: not all elective courses are offered every term.

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
Carrie Lausen
,  Program Director
Chanita Britton
,  Department Contact

What Differentiates Us

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UNIQUE SCHEDULING OPTIONS

In Chicago, we offer a full-time day schedule that can be completed in about 4 1/2 months and a part-time evening schedule, which takes a little over one year to complete. In both schedules, students may begin the program in Fall (classes begin in late August) and Spring (classes begin in mid-January). Students may also begin the part-time evening schedule in March. At our Schaumburg campus, we offer a schedule that begins each Fall (late August) and can be completed in nine months taking classes only on Saturdays and online. Program classes are offered in a combination of traditional on-campus classes, fully online classes, and hybrid classes.

New for Fall 2021 - two fully online course schedules! In these schedules, which meet new American Bar Association Guidelines,* classes are offered in a combination of live, evening Zoom meetings and online instruction through Blackboard. Students can complete our Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in one year or 16 months.

* Students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT

We offer lifetime career development assistance within the program, which includes: an online job system in which employers post open positions and students and graduates can post their resume; one-on-one career advising by a legal professional; professional development workshops; and a career and job search manual specifically for the paralegal profession.

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EXPERT FACULTY

Experienced attorneys and other legal professionals, including a circuit court judge and an experienced paralegal, teach our classes.

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HONORS SOCIETY

Roosevelt University maintains a chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), a national paralegal honor society founded by the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). 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.

Expectations & Requirements

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Students will know legal terminology, concepts and procedures, and will gain skills to draft a variety of legal documents. Students learn how to conduct legal research, both manually and online using Lexis and Westlaw (commonly used legal databases). They will learn about litigation support and e-discovery applications. Students will also be better prepared for the rigors of law school and may participate in an internship course as part of their curriculum.

Sample Courses

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Litigation I
  • Advanced Litigation & eDiscovery
  • Commercial Law
  • Legal Technology
  • Intellectual Property
  • Paralegal Internship
  • Real Estate

Outcomes

Distinguished Alumni
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More Opportunities

Alumni Paralegal Studies Affinity Group

The Paralegal Studies Program has its own Alumni Group. This group hosts career and social networking events throughout the year. These events provide excellent opportunities for program students, graduates, faculty and staff to get together for networking and professional development training.

Testimonials

Mirena Fontana

"While it took many years of hard work, dedication and time to get to this point, I now know that I am an important contributor to our attorneys, clients and the end result – securing justice."

Mirena Fontana 2012
Senior Paralegal, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Admission Info

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Eight courses are required to earn the certificate. The post-baccalaureate program is a non-credit certificate program. Students must have completed their bachelor’s degree before starting classes in order to be eligible for this program.

Applicants apply directly to the paralegal studies program. The following information is needed:

  • Official transcripts from other colleges and universities you have attended. Transcripts should be forwarded to:
    Roosevelt University
    Office of Admission Processing
    1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd
    Schaumburg, IL 60173
    Email: admissionforms@roosevelt.edu
    Phone: 877-277-5978
  • A 200-300 word statement of intent, presenting your reasons for wanting to attend the program. Your statement can be downloaded into your online application or emailed to clausen@roosevelt.edu
  • A completed and signed post-baccalaureate certificate application form. The application form must be completed online.

Once the program receives all of the above items, applicants will receive a response by email, usually within two weeks.

For any questions regarding the application process, please email Carrie Lausen at clausen@roosevelt.edu

Your bachelor's degree can be in any discipline, but it must be from an accredited institution. An overall GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is suggested for admission to the program. A personal interview or letters of recommendation may be requested after an application has been reviewed.

Transfer Credit

If you have taken paralegal courses at another ABA-approved paralegal program, you may be able to transfer up to 12 semester hours of paralegal courses toward the requirements in our program. The courses need to have been taken no longer than six years prior to the date on which you enroll in our program. 

Deadlines and start dates

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and acceptance is subject to space availability. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in advance of the semester in which they wish to start. An applicant may apply up to one year in advance from the date of intended enrollment. Students seeking financial aid (student loans) are urged to apply as early as possible so that financing aspects are worked out prior to registration. Start dates for each schedule option are listed below:

  • Full-time day schedule: January or August
  • Part-time evening schedule: January, March or August
  • Schaumburg Campus course schedule: August

Appeals of Admission Decisions

Applicants who disagree with an admission decision may appeal the decision. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the program director within 60 days of the date of the letter that informed the applicant of an admission decision. Appeals are reviewed by the program's appeal committee, which consists of members of the program's administration, faculty and the college dean.

Tuition and Fees

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