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Bachelor's in Paralegal Studies, BA

Join the Legal Profession with Nationally Recognized Paralegal Training

For more than four decades, Roosevelt's established paralegal program has helped students like you make an immediate impact in a firm, company or social justice organization.

Paralegals are an essential part of the legal team. When you graduate, you'll be ready to interview clients and witnesses, research the law, and draft, review and analyze legal documents. 

Transfer students can seamlessly complete the bachelor's degree, and we have partnerships with several community colleges in the area. Non-majors can also add a paralegal studies minor to their degree. 


Why Roosevelt for your Bachelor's

American Bar Association | ABA Approved Paralegal Program

Approved by the American Bar Association 

Roosevelt's four-year degree in paralegal studies is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA has an intensive review process, which means that your courses will be relevant, high quality and well-rounded.  

When you graduate, you’ll earn both a bachelor’s degree and a paralegal certificate.


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Lifetime career assistance

Whether you’re landing your first job or changing careers, you’ll have help finding a role in a growing job market. Take advantage of our online job site, one-on-one career advising, workshops and career manual.

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 14% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. The average Illinois salary is $60,920.

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Experienced professors

Our faculty members have many years of experience in their field and in teaching for the paralegal program. Study with practicing attorneys, experienced paralegals and a Cook County Circuit Court Judge.  

As a Roosevelt student, you can also intern with law firms and organizations throughout Chicago. Some recent internship sponsors include: 

  • Ulta Beauty
  • Reyes Kurson, Ltd.
  • Mintel Group, Ltd.
  • Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Center for Disability & Elder Law
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing
Program Goals and Objectives

The goal of the program is to provide education and training that prepares students for the paralegal profession. The following objectives support this goal.

  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, including proficiency in using legal technology and software.
  3. Understand the ethical obligations of a paralegal.
  4. Contribute to the advancement of the paralegal profession.


“ I have been fortunate enough to work at a firm that has encouraged my career growth and given me opportunities of a lifetime. I work on difficult and complex cases alongside the best attorneys in the business, resulting in helping many people secure justice.”

Read about Mirena's work in civil rights law.

Mirena Fontana, BA’ 12
Senior Paralegal, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC