Paralegal Studies Minor
Offered in: Chicago | Schaumburg
The Paralegal Studies minor offered by Roosevelt’s Paralegal Studies Program is an American Bar Association-approved program option. The curriculum, which stresses critical thinking and includes practical training in legal concepts, applies to almost any discipline. Students who complete the minor as part of their bachelor’s degree will also be awarded a Paralegal Certificate. They will be qualified for entry-level paralegal positions and will be able to utilize the career development services provided by the paralegal studies program. Paralegals are professionals who are qualified through education, training and work experience to perform essential legal work. They work with attorneys to provide economical, quality legal services and to make legal services more available to the general public. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Students will know legal terminology, concepts and procedures, and will be able to draft a variety of legal documents. Students learn how to conduct legal research manually and online using Lexis and Westlaw (commonly used legal databases). They will learn about litigation support and e-discovery applications. Students will be better prepared for law school and gain a realistic understanding of the practice of law. They will be qualified for entry-level paralegal positions.
Paralegal Studies courses are taught by legal professionals, including adjunct instructors and one full-time faculty member. The faculty have many years of experience in their field and in teaching for the paralegal program. They include practicing attorneys and a Cook County Circuit Court Judge.
Students must complete 60 credit hours of course work prior to enrolling in the Paralegal Studies minor courses except PARA 301, which can be taken once students have completed the university writing requirement. It is recommended that students have a 2.5 or higher grade point average prior to enrolling in the Paralegal Studies minor courses. Students with a grade point average lower than 2.5 should contact Carrie Lausen, the Paralegal Studies Program Director before beginning the minor.
American Bar Association Guidelines require that students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses (Roosevelt's 300-level paralegal courses) through synchronous instruction. Paralegal courses are offered in various delivery formats, including on-campus, online, and in “hybrid” mode (combining face-to-face meetings and online interactions). Students should be mindful of the number of synchronous classroom instruction hours when choosing their courses. Three courses in the program offer fully online or asynchronous sections (Ethics & Professionalism, Civil Law and Commercial Law). Students are advised to take no more than two of these three courses in a fully online (asynchronous) format.
Students should consult with the program director, Carrie Lausen or assistant director, Chanita Britton for any questions regarding the synchronous classroom instruction requirement or for assistance in selecting their courses. The minor will not be approved if the courses selected do not meet the required hours of synchronous instruction.
Students must complete 60 credit hours of course work prior to enrolling in the 300-level paralegal studies minor courses with the exception of PARA 301, which can be taken once students have completed the university writing requirement. It is recommended that students have a 2.5 or higher grade point average prior to enrolling in the Paralegal Studies minor courses. Students with a grade point average lower than 2.5 should contact Carrie Lausen, the Paralegal Studies Program Director, before beginning the minor. Students will be allowed to transfer in a maximum of six credit hours from other ABA-approved paralegal programs. All courses for the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Seven courses (21 credit hours) are required for the Paralegal Studies minor.
|Students must take the following six courses:||18|
|ETHICS & PROFESSIONALISM|
|Students may choose one of the following for their final course:||3|
|ADVANCED LITIGATION AND E-DISCOVERY|
|CORPORATIONS AND LLC LAW|
|LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW|
|Total Credit Hours||21|