Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Paralegal Studies

Curriculum

BA in Paralegal Studies

The BA in Paralegal Studies comprises 120 credit hours: 48 credit hours in the major requirements (transfer limit: 24 credit hours), 9 credit hours in the SCPS requirements, 48 credit hours of University Core Requirements and 15 credit hours of Electives.

Note: All PLST courses carry 2 credit hours unless noted otherwise.

The degree requirements are:

SCPS requirements: 9 credit hours

  • CPST 200 Introduction to Degree Completion
  • CPST 201 Professional Identity and Development
  • CPST 399 Capstone

Major requirements: 48 credit hours

  • PLST 369 Advanced Topics in American Law (3 credit hours)
  • PLST 370 Advanced Legal Analysis & Writing I (3 credit hours)
  • PLST 371 Advanced Legal Analysis & Writing II (3 credit hours)
  • PLST 331 Introduction to Paralegal Studies
  • PLST 332 Legal Research & Writing I
  • PLST 333 Legal Research & Writing II
  • PLST 335 Legal Ethics
  • PLST 345 Law Office Computer Applications

Choice of practice track: 8 credit hours

  • Litigation Practice
    • PLST 340 Civil Litigation I
    • PLST 341 Civil Litigation II
    • PLST 342 Civil Litigation III
    • PLST 336 Corporate Topics for Litigation Paralegals
  • Corporate Practice
    • PLST 362 Business Organizations
    • PLST 363 Contract Administration & Analysis
    • PLST 339 Secured Transactions & Bankruptcy
    • PLST 366 Litigation & Investigation for Corporate Paralegals

Paralegal Electives: 21 credit hours

University Core Requirements: 48 credit hours

General Electives: 15 credit hours

Note: Institute students must complete at least 10 semester credit hours of ABA-designated legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.

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