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.
The Institute also permits individual courses to be taken by paralegals who have already earned paralegal certificates or degrees and bachelor’s degrees. The paralegal programs must be ABA approved, and both credentials must be earned at regionally accredited colleges or universities. If space permits, these students will be allowed to register for any Institute courses other than the internship.