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Loyola University Chicago

School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Admission Requirements

Post-baccalaureate applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form: We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in progress. Transcripts must be in their original, sealed envelope from the issuing institutions. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you previously attended Loyola University Chicago, you do not need to request LUC transcripts; we have them on record. You may need to resend transcripts from other institutions attended prior to Loyola. 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: If you supply your recommender's e-mail address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to: 

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611 

    Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.
  • A Personal Statement: You must submit a typed, double-spaced essay of at least 350 words, indicating reasons for seeking further education and how this program will help achieve professional or personal goals.
  • Admission Interview: You must complete an interview prior to an admission decision being rendered. Admission interviews can be scheduled at any time during the application process. If you have not already done so, please contact the Institute office, 312.915.6820 or paralegal@luc.edu, to schedule your interview.
  • Application Fee: A $25 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.

The BA in Paralegal Studies is intended primarily for students who have earned associate degrees in paralegal studies at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants who have not earned degrees but have completed 45 or more semester credits at such an institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants for this degree-completion program are expected to be at least 23 years of age and have three years of work experience (full or part time).

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application: Submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:
    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit one set of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.  If you do not have any previous college coursework, you are required to submit a high school work transcript or a GED certification. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. Transcripts must be in their original, sealed envelope from the issuing institutions. NOTE:  If you previously attended Loyola University Chicago, you do not need to request LUC transcripts; we have them on record. You may need to resend transcripts from other institutions attended prior to Loyola. 
  • A Personal Statement (optional): You may submit a typed, double-spaced essay of at least 350 words, indicating reasons for seeking further education and how this program will help achieve professional or personal goals.
  • Admission Interview: Admission interviews are conducted by the Director of the Institute for Paralegal Studies and can be scheduled at any time during the application process. Please contact the Institute for Paralegal Studies office, 312-915-6820 or paralegal@luc.edu, to schedule your interview.

Applicants who have not completed a bachelor's degree also have the option to complete their paralegal certificate along side a B.A. in Management or B.A. in Applied Studies degree.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application: Submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:
                Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
                820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
                Chicago, IL 60611
 
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit  one set of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.  If you do not have any previous college coursework, you are required to submit a high school work transcript or a GED certification. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. Transcripts must be in their original, sealed envelope from the issuing institutions. NOTE:  If you previously attended Loyola University Chicago, you do not need to request LUC transcripts; we have them on record. You may need to resend transcripts from other institutions attended prior to Loyola.
  • A Personal Statement (optional): You may submit a typed, double-spaced essay of at least 350 words, indicating reasons for seeking further education and how this program will help achieve professional or personal goals.

Paralegals with certificates from regionally accredited college and university programs and who wish to take additional courses must also hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If space permits, these applicants will be allowed to register for any paralegal studies course other than PLST 332/333/334 Legal Research and Writing I/II/III and PLST 398 Internship. Course prerequisites may be waived by the director, depending on the student's work experience and previous education.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form: Paralegals with certificates should apply for non-degree admission. We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts from each college, university and paralegal program attended (waived for previous students at Loyola, Mundelein College, or Mallinckrodt College)
  • Application Fee: A $25 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.

Special Note: Non-certificate seeking students (Paralegals with Certificates) taking coursework with the Institute are allowed limited access to career assistance services provided by the Institute. While enrolled at the Institute, these students are welcome to use the materials in the Institute's Career Resource Center and those posted online, including the job board, and to attend group presentations on career matters. Other career services, such as individual consulting with the Institute director or staff, and the inclusion of resumes in the program's resume database, are not available.

Applicants may be required to submit additional materials:  

Language Test Requirement

An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. For the TOEFL, a score of at least 114 on the Internet-based or 650 on the written-based test is required. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service.

This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program, an accredited master's program in the U.S., or those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

Transcript Evaluation

Applicants who completed post-secondary education abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) for evaluation of credentials. Your evaluation must show that your non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
www.ece.org
414.289.3400

Please request a Course-by-Course Evaluation. An official report should be sent to:

Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611

Ready to apply? We accept applications on a rolling basis, and we invite you to apply now to any of our terms. We encourage applicants to submit all materials by our suggested deadlines to ensure timely processing of your application. After we have received all required application materials, please allow a minimum of two weeks for an admission decision.

Apply Online

Need more info? Whether your goal is to obtain a bachelor's degree, to enhance your skills with a certificate, or to explore various non-credit course offerings in the humanities and professional development, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies can help you explore your options and answer your questions.

Request Information

Need advice? Our team is happy to meet with you to discuss your program of interest and how Loyola may be right for you. To schedule a one-on-one appointment, visit our calendar of events. If you cannot find a time that works for you, we encourage you to contact us at adult@luc.edu or 312.915.6501 and we can find a time to meet with you.

Ready to apply? We accept applications on a rolling basis, and we invite you to apply now to any of our terms. We encourage applicants to submit all materials by our suggested deadlines to ensure timely processing of your application. After we have received all required application materials, please allow a minimum of two weeks for an admission decision.

Apply Online

Need more info? Whether your goal is to obtain a bachelor's degree, to enhance your skills with a certificate, or to explore various non-credit course offerings in the humanities and professional development, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies can help you explore your options and answer your questions.

Request Information

Need advice? Our team is happy to meet with you to discuss your program of interest and how Loyola may be right for you. To schedule a one-on-one appointment, visit our calendar of events. If you cannot find a time that works for you, we encourage you to contact us at adult@luc.edu or 312.915.6501 and we can find a time to meet with you.

Apply now or click on Request Info to receive an information packet about Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies programs and adult education courses.

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School of Continuing and Professional Studies · 820 North Michigan Avenue, Lewis Towers 401, Chicago, IL 60611 · 312.915.6501
scps@luc.edu

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