Paralegal Studies

BA in Applied Psychology

The Paralegal Studies concentration is designed for BA Applied Psychology students interested in social psychology, law, research and writing. Students will develop advanced skills in legal principles, procedural rules, writing, analysis and applied social psychology. This degree is ideal for those seeking a profession as a paralegal or in management.


The BA in Applied Psychology with Paralegal Studies concentration comprises 120 credit hours. Courses in this program are offered in accelerated, 8-week sessions. All courses are offered in the traditional (in-person) format with several courses also available online.

I. Applied Psychology Major Courses: 36 credit hours

  • CPST 360 Organizational Development and Change in Organizations
  • CPST 370 Leadership Theories and Applications
  • CPST 380 Leadership, Culture and Ethics
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • PSYC 279 Judgment and Decision-Making
  • PSYC 275 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 304 Statistics
  • PSYC 306 Research Methods
  • PSYC 338 Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 353 Applied Social Psychology
  • PSYC 356 Consumer Psychology
  • PSYC 362 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

II. SCPS Core: 6 credit hours

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

III. Capstone: 3 credit hours

  • CPST 397 Capstone

III. Paralegal Studies Concentration

Students have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Paralegal Studies as a part of degree completion. The following guidelines must be met before taking paralegal certificate courses:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 with a minimum of 12 Loyola hours completed
  • Within 44 hours of degree completion
  • A minimum of two completed courses total from the following: 
    - Any Literary Knowledge and Experience course
    - ENGL 310 Business and Professional Writing
  • At least three CPST-titled courses completed
  • An interview with the director of the Institute for Paralegal Studies

The requirements for the Certificate in Paralegal Studies can be found at here.

IV. University Core Requirements

What are employers looking for? Employers say they are looking for a demonstrated capacity in these areas:

  • think critically
  • communicate clearly
  • solve complex problems
  • ethical judgment and integrity
  • intercultural skills
  • the capacity for continued new learning
  • written and oral communication
  • applied knowledge in real-world settings
  • broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences

In the University Core you will further develop your skills. Learn more about University Core Requirements.

V. Electives

A total of 120 credits are required for the degree at Loyola University Chicago. Sources of the remaining credits can include courses offered in the SCPS 8-week session schedule or the 16-week semester schedule. Transfer credits (not already used in the major, concentration, or University Core), Prior Learning Assessment, CLEP, DSST, or ACE-evaluated credits (such as your military transcript) can all used to fulfill the remaining elective credit requirements that get you to 120 credits, subject to residency and other requirements.

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