Paralegal Studies

BA in Applied Studies

The Paralegal Studies concentration is designed for BA in Applied Studies students interested in law, business writing and research. This degree will train students in technical writing, legal principles, procedural rules and analysis. This degree is ideal for those seeking roles in the justice system and corporate communications.

BA Requirements

The BA in Applied Studies with Paralegal Studies concentration comprises 120 credit hours. Courses in Loyola's continuing education programs are offered in accelerated, 8-week sessions. Classes are offered in the traditional (in-person) format at the Water Tower Campus (Chicago) and Cuneo (Vernon Hills) location, with several courses available online.

I. Applied Studies Major: 24 credit hours

  • COMM 175: Introduction to Communication
  • CPST 250: Foundations of Organizations
  • CPST 310: Accounting Principles and Application
  • CPST 247: Computer Concepts and Applications
  • ECON 201 (or 202): Introduction to Microeconomics (or Macroeconomics)
  • STAT 103: Statistics

Writing Skills (choose one):

  • CPST 315: Technical Writing
  • ENGL 185: Creative Writing
  • ENGL 310: Advanced Writing

Communication Skills (choose one):

  • COMM 101: Public Speaking and Critical Thinking (meets IGEC requirement)
  • COMM 200: Communication and New Media
  • COMM 215: Ethics & Communication
  • COMM 231: Conflict Management and Communication
  • COMM 237: Small Group Communication
  • COMM 277: Organizational Communication

Theoretical Skills (choose one):

  • CPST 340: Marketing Concepts and Strategies
  • CPST 360: Development and Change in Organization
  • CPST 370: Leadership Theories and Applications

II. Capstone: 3 credit hours

       CPST 397 Capstone Course

III. SCPS Common Curriculum: 6 credit hours

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

III. Certificate in Paralegal Studies: 22 credit hours

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

  • 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

For more information, see Institute for Paralegal Studies page.

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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