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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs

Illinois

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn
College of Lake County, Grayslake
Elgin Community College, Elgin
Illinois Central College, Peoria
Illinois State University, Normal
Kankakee Community College, Kankakee
Loyola University Chicago, Chicago
MacCormac College, Chicago
Midstate College, Peoria
Northwestern College (f/k/a Northwestern Business College), Chicago
Robert Morris University - Illinois (Chicago)
Robert Morris University - Illinois (Springfield)
Rockford Career College (f/k/a Rockford Business College)
Roosevelt University, Chicago
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
South Suburban College, South Holland
Wilbur Wright College, Chicago
William Rainey Harper College, Palatine

Alphabetical List of Approved Programs
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College of DuPage
Paralegal Studies Program
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-3923
Director: Sally N. Fairbank
Telephone: 630.942.2955
Fax: 630.942.3923

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science; Certificate Program for students who have completed an AA or AS degree.
Minimum length of time to complete program: 3 semesters for post-degree Certificate; 4 semesters for A.A.S. Degree.
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.cod.edu/paralegal
Description: College of DuPage (COD) is located in an active legal community, near the county courthouse and close to many law offices and corporate law departments. COD offers both an AAS degree and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. The AAS degree program ranges from 67-70 credit hours, and the Certificate program is currently 27 hours (but is increasing to 33 credit hours effective with the Spring 2011 semester). Students can choose fields of interest from the ten electives offered, including Intellectual Property, Family Law, Bankruptcy Law, Environmental Law, and labor and Employment Law. Courses are offered in the daytime as well as the evening. All courses are either exclusively taught by licensed Illinois attorneys (some of whom are former paralegals), or in some cases team-taught with a teaching team consisting of practicing attorneys and experienced paralegals. Additional program information is available on the website at: www.cod.edu/paralegal.

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College of Lake County
Paralegal Studies Program
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030-1198
Co-Directors: Gayle E. Miller and Lori Ambrose Scott
Telephone: 847.543.2517 and 847.543.2442
Fax: 847.223.7248
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Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science Degree, Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 1 year post degree certificate; 2 year A.A.S
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.Clcillinois.edu/programs/pls
Description: Our 63 credit-hour A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies degree is for students who do not have a previous college degree while our 21 credit-hour Paralegal Studies Certificate is for those who already possess a bachelor's or associate degree. CLC offers many electives that allow students to study specialty areas such as Intellectual Property, Elder Law, Bankruptcy, Business, and Family Law. Day and evening courses are offered in Grayslake and Vernon Hills. CLC students are adult learners who enhance career opportunities through a vibrant student club, student membership in the Lake County Bar Association, and a dedicated faculty of attorneys. More details are at: www.clcillinois.edu/depts/pub/CareerPrograms/BUS_Paralegal.pdf.

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Elgin Community College
Paralegal Program
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
Director: Laura D. Haske
Telephone: 847.214.7466
Fax: 847.608.5466
Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 semesters
Internships: Elective

For more information: www.elgin.edu
Description: We welcome part-time and full-time students with both day and evening classes and are flexible enough to meet the needs of most students.

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Illinois Central College
Paralegal Program
5407 N. University
Cedar Hall 8
East Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Program Coordinator: Michelle D. Weghorst
Telephone: 309.690.7691
Fax: 309.690.6876

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree, Post Degree Certificate
For more information: www.paralegal.icc.edu

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Illinois State University
Legal Studies Program
Campus Box 4600
Normal, IL 61790
Program Director: Thomas E. McClure
Telephone: 309.438.8797
Fax: 309.438.7638

Type of Institution: Public, 4yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Post-baccalaureate Certificate; Certificate (without Bachelor's Degree)
Minimum length of time to complete program: Bachelor's Degrees require 120 semester credit hours; Post-baccalaureate Certificate requires 24 semester credit hours; Certificate without Bachelor's Degree requires a total of 60 semester credit hours
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: http://pol.illinoisstate.edu/undergraduate/minors/legal_studies/
Description: The Legal Studies Program develops basic paralegal skills in legal research, analysis, and drafting. Students learn how lawyers think and how to communicate effectively with both lawyers and lawmen. For each program option, students must take 24 semester hours of Legal Studies courses. This includes a 15 semester hour core covering the operation of the legal system and the role of the paralegal within that system; an overview of major substantive areas of the law; legal research and writing; and civil and criminal procedure. Students complete the remaining 9 hours by choosing among several paralegal specialty courses, including an internship.

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Kankakee Community College
Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies Program
100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
Director: Kristine M. Condon
Telephone: 815.802.8216
Fax: 815.802.8201

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science; Post-Baccalaureate Advanced Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: AAS, 2 yrs; Advanced Certificate, 3 semesters
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.kcc.edu
Description: The Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies Program is designed to train professionals who have the writing, thinking, and reasoning skills to effectively contribute to a legal organization. Program graduates may find employment in the judicial system, private law firms, state agencies, legal aid organizations, title insurance companies, corporations, and hospitals with corporate legal departments. The program coordinator has over 20 years of experience as a paralegal and paralegal educator in the judiciary and private practice. Seven adjunct faculty, all attorneys or judges, teach in the program. The program also has a chapter of the LEX National Honor Society in Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies.

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Loyola University Chicago
Institute for Paralegal Studies
820 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Director: Jean Hellman Ryan
Telephone: 312.915.6820
Fax: N/A

Type of Institution: Private
Degrees Offered: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Bachelor of Arts
Minimum length of time to complete program: 4 eight-week terms (8 months) for Certificate
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.luc.edu/paralegal
Description: Loyola offers four comprehensive paralegal certificates for persons with bachelor's degrees, as well as a B. A. in Paralegal Studies and five combined bachelor’s degree/paralegal certificate options. Eleven courses (22 s.h.) are required for three of the certificates: (1) the Litigation Practice Certificate in Paralegal Studies, (2) the Corporate Practice Certificate in Paralegal Studies, and (3) the Certificate in Paralegal Studies (a customized curriculum approved by the Director). Fourteen courses (28 s.h.) are required for the joint Litigation & Corporate Practice Certificate in Paralegal Studies.  All bachelor’s degrees require a total of 120 s.h. (48 s.h. for the Paralegal Studies major).  All students take courses in Legal Research & Writing, Legal Ethics, and Law Office Computer Applications. Electives include Advanced Litigation Computer Applications, Intellectual Property, Securities Regulation, Employment Law, and Immigration Law. Classes are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays at the downtown Chicago location; some are available partially online.  The Director has over 30 years' experience as a paralegal educator in the Chicago area.

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MacCormac College
Paralegal Program
29 E. Madison Avenue
Chicago, IL 60602
Telephone: 312.922.1884
Fax: 312.922.4286
Director: David F. Grassi, Esq.

Type of Institution: Community College
Degree Offered: Associate in Science
Minimum length of time to complete program:
Internships:
For more information: www.maccormac.edu

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Midstate College
Paralegal Studies Program
411 West Northmoor Road
Peoria, IL 61614
Telephone: 309.692.4092
Fax:  309.692.3893
Director:  Mark E. Wiltse

Type of Institution: 4-year proprietary College
Degree offered: Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program:
Internship: Elective
For more information: www.midstate.edu/Programs/ParalegalStudies.php
Description: The primary goal of the Midstate College Paralegal Studies Program is to educate students to become career paralegals who can perform effectively in various legal settings and can adapt to changes in the legal environment and law practice. The program will prepare students for careers as paralegals working under the supervision of lawyers in the public and private sectors, including law firms, businesses, legal aid organizations and governmental agencies. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes they need to become competent and ethical professional paralegals working in the delivery of legal services.

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Northwestern College (f/k/a Northwestern Business College)
Institute for Legal Studies
7725 South Harlem Ave.
Bridgeview, IL 60455
(Chicago, Bridgeview and Naperville locations)
Director: Joseph E. Pecko
Telephone: 708.237.5060
Fax: 708.237.5005

Type of Institution: Proprietary, Freestanding Business/Career College, 2yr.
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science, Certificate in Paralegal Studies
Minimum length of time to complete program: Paralegal-6 quarters, Legal Nurse Consulting-4 quarters
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.northwesterncollege.edu
Description: Research and writing are primary tools of the paralegal profession. From your first quarter, you will be taught legal research and writing and how to use multiple legal reference material located in the campus library and to navigate legal searches online via Westlaw and LexisNexis. During your final quarter, you will be an extern, enabling you to apply the skills learned in class to the workplace and attain a real-world perspective of the law and a dynamic vision of your future career. Upon completion, you will be prepared to successfully perform under attorney supervision a wide range of paralegal tasks.

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Robert Morris University - Illinois
(Chicago and Orland Park Campuses)
Paralegal Studies Program
401 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone: 312.935.6231
Fax: 312.935.6215
Director: Larry P. Nieman

Type of Institution: 4-year private college
Degree offered: Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
For more information: www.robertmorris.edu

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Robert Morris University - Illinois
(Springfield Campus)
Paralegal Studies Program
3101 Montvale
Springfield, IL 62704
Telephone: 312.935.6231
Fax: 312.935.6215
Director: Larry P. Nieman

Type of Institution: 4-year private college
Degree offered: Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
For more information: www.robertmorris.edu

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Rockford Career College (f/k/a Rockford Business College)
Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program
1130 S. Alpine Road; Ste. 100
Rockford, IL 61108
Telephone: 815.967.7312
Fax: 815.965.0360
Director: Danielle D. Harriott

Type of Institution: Proprietary Business College
Degree offered: Associate in Applied Science Degrees
For more information: www.rockfordcareercollege.edu

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Roosevelt University
Paralegal Studies Program
430 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Director: Carrie J. Lausen
Telephone: 312.281.3300
Fax: 312.281.3188

Type of Institution: Private, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 4.5 months for students eligible for post-baccalaureate certificate
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.roosevelt.edu/paralegal
Description: The Paralegal Studies Program at Roosevelt University, located in Chicago, Illinois, is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in the legal profession. A post-baccalaureate certificate is offered for those students holding a bachelor's degree, and two bachelor degree options are available for Roosevelt University undergraduate students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree and paralegal certificate combined. Our classes are taught by experienced attorneys and paralegals and offer practical, hands-on legal training. For more than 10,000 alumni working in law, government and business, the Paralegal Studies at Roosevelt University has been the paralegal program of choice.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Paralegal Studies Program
College of Liberal Arts
1000 Faner Drive
Faner 4427, Mailcode 4540
Carbondale, IL 62901-6895
Director: Daniel Patrick Hillyard
Telephone: 618.453.1234
Fax: 618.453.1233

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science Degree
Minimum length of time to complete program: 120 semester hours, at least 60 of which must be from a four-year institution, with at least 30 of those from SIUC.
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: http://paralegal.siuc.edu
Description: Established in 1983, SIUC has the only ABA-approved Bachelor degree Paralegal Studies in Illinois. Graduates from our Paralegal Studies program may practice as professional paralegals with a law office, corporation, or an administrative agency, as well as opening doors to many unique employment options, with employment opportunities superior to most existing jobs. Our Pre-Law Specialization is a great preparation for Law School. Please visit our website at http://paralegal.siuc.edu. All of our instructors are licensed attorneys.

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South Suburban College
Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL 60473
Director: Jason M. Cieslik
Telephone: 708.596.2000 (Ext. 2579)
Fax: 708.225.5860

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science, Post Degree Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 1-2 academic years
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.southsuburbancollege.edu
Description: South Suburban College's paralegal program is designed to provide the student with practical as well as theoretical knowledge of courses to prepare him or her to be a legal assistant who can work in a variety of legal settings. For maximum flexibility, South Suburban College offers classes in daytime, evening, or in an online format. All classes are taught by licensed attorneys who are specialists in their fields and who have extensive experience working with paralegals in the workplace. Two semesters of Legal Research and Writing classes are required, and students are assigned their own individual Westlaw passwords so they can become skilled in online research techniques. Nine program electives are offered, including Family Law, Real Property Law, and Elder Law, which was added to the curriculum for the 2006-2007 academic calendar.

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Wilbur Wright College
Paralegal Program
4300 North Narragansett Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
Director: Cara Verigan
Telephone: 773.481.8325
Fax: 773.481.8691

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 4 semesters for A.A.S. Degree.
Internships: Elective
For more information: http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/wright/departments/Pages/Paralegal.aspx
Description: Wright's Paralegal Program is a 63 credit hour Associate in Applied Science degree comprised of 24 General Education credit hours and 39 Paralegal credit hours. In addition to studying legal concepts, students gain experience using online legal search engines, have access to a legal research library and can participate in the Paralegal Club. The Program includes an elective internship which provides the student an opportunity to apply classroom lessons in a realistic work environment. Students of this program will also have access to all of Wright's student services such as job placement, career development, computer lab and library.

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William Rainey Harper College
Paralegal Studies
1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Telephone: 847.925.6407
Fax: 847.925.6043
Director: Paul D. Guymon

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science, Post Degree Certificate for individuals who possess a bachelor or associate degree
Minimum length of time to complete program: 1-2 academic years
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.harpercollege.edu
Description:AAS Paralegal Studies—The 63 credit-hour associate degree program is designed to prepare men and women as technically qualified assistants to a lawyer. Under supervision of a lawyer, the paralegal may perform such functions as legal research, investigation, detail work with regard to probate matters, preparation of tax forms and returns, searching public and court records, office management, library service, bookkeeping, serving and filing legal documents, and preparing legal forms.
Paralegal Studies Certificate—This 24 credit hour certificate program is designed for those individuals who already possess a bachelor's or associate degree. The various choices available allow the student to develop special interests and skills.

Updated: 06/20/2014

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