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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Discover a Rewarding Career with Paralegal Training

For 45 years, Roosevelt’s established program has helped students like you make an immediate impact in a law firm, company or social justice organization.

Add a paralegal certificate to your undergraduate degree to change careers, prepare for law school or expand your job opportunities. 


Why Roosevelt for your Certificate

American Bar Association | ABA Approved Paralegal Program

Approved by the American Bar Association 

Roosevelt's certificate 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. 

Study with practicing attorneys, experienced paralegals and a Cook County Circuit Court Judge.

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.
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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. Gain experience while in the program as an 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
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Flexible online and in-person courses

For the first time in program history, you can earn your certificate fully online. You must take at least nine semester hours of courses with live instruction over Zoom.

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A booming career field

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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Affordable career advancement

Choose a program that works for your budget. The Roosevelt certificate is an affordable option for aspiring paralegals. 

See tuition and fees.

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Earn your certificate on your schedule

The program can be completed fully online in 9 months to one year. At the Chicago Campus, you can take full-time courses during the day and finish your certificate in 9 months. Or you can take evening courses part time and finish in a little over one year. At the Schaumburg campus, you can complete the program in 9 months taking classes only on Saturdays and online. Taking a combination of in-person day-time classes and online classes, full-time students can complete the program in 6.5 months.


“Every day, I get to support a team of fierce, expert advocates help clients turn employment challenges into positive outcomes. My work includes drafting legal documents and correspondences, client contact, docketing, e-Filing and research—everything that makes work in the legal profession rewarding.”


Allison Wolcott, Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
Paralegal, The Prinz Law Firm



Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.  

According to ABA Guidelines, students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.