Loyola’s ABA-approved post-baccalaureate Certificates in Paralegal Studies may be earned through the following tracks:
- Students who already hold bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited colleges are universities may complete the curriculum requirements for one of the four certificate options. Three of these options (the Litigation Practice Certificate in Paralegal Studies, the Corporate Practice Certificate in Paralegal Studies, and the Certificate in Paralegal Studies) require 22 credits, while one (the Litigation and Corporate Practice Certificate in Paralegal Studies) requires 28 credits.
- Students who do not yet hold bachelor’s degrees may complete the curriculum requirements for one of these certificates while earning a bachelor’s degree through the BA degree-completion programs offered by Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. These students have a choice of majors: (1) they may major in Paralegal Studies if they have an associate degree in paralegal studies or at least 15 semester credits in paralegal studies, or (2) they may major in one of five other majors in which the paralegal certificate serves as the concentration component of the BA degree.
Transfer credit may be available for courses taken at another paralegal program, or at an ABA-accredited law school, before applying to the Institute. The courses must be comparable to specific Institute paralegal courses, including instruction in practical paralegal skills. Transfer credit is limited to 6 semester credits toward a paralegal certificate, while 24 semester credits may be applied toward the paralegal major in the B.A. in Paralegal Studies program option.
University policy requires that the institution offering the paralegal program be regionally accredited. The student must have earned a grade of C- or higher. The student must submit an official transcript confirming the grade, and may be required to provide documentation of the course content and format.