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Loyola University Chicago

School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Paralegal Studies

I. Criminal Justice Major Courses: 36 credit hours

  • CJC 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJC 201 Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJC 202 Courts
  • CJC 203 Policing
  • CJC 204 Corrections
  • CJC 205 Research Methods

   Select one of the following courses: (3 credit hours)

  • CJC 322 Criminal Law
  • CJC 323 Criminal Procedure

   Select one of the following courses: (3 credit hours)     

  • CJC 390 Capstone Experience Internship
  • CJC 399 Capstone Course

  Four CJC Electives (12 credit hours)

II. SCPS Core: 9 credit hours

  • CPST 200 Introduction to Degree Completion
  • CPST 201 Professional Identity and Development
  • CPST 397 Capstone

III. Concentration

Students may choose one of the following concentrations:

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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