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.

This degree is also offered at the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens in Vernon Hills, in addition to downtown Chicago's Water Tower Campus.

The Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies allows students with a minimum of 15 semester credits in paralegal studies to improve their skills and career opportunities by earning a bachelor’s degree. Students who have earned associate degrees in paralegal studies will likely find this degree program to be their most expeditious route to a bachelor’s degree.

FASTRACK Benefits of the program

  • Acquire a credential from Loyola’s well-regarded Institute for Paralegal Studies that will open doors to your career success in the legal community.
  • Earn a specialized certificate in Civil Litigation or Corporate Practice (or both areas) that will refine your paralegal skills to meet the demands of the modern legal workplace.
  • Maximize the number of credits you may transfer from your two-year paralegal program, and complete your degree on a schedule that works with your personal and professional obligations.
  • Enhance your general knowledge and improve your ability to respond to the challenges of contemporary society through courses in the University’s Core Curriculum.

Detailed information on the Institute for Paralegal Studies and the paralegal profession is available on the Institute's website.

Note:  Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as authorized by law.

I. Paralegal Studies Major Courses: 48 credit hours

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

   Choice of Practice Track: 8 credit hours

    Litigation Practice

  • PLST 340 Civil Litigation
  • PLST 341 Civil Litigation II
  • PLST 342 Civil Litigation III
  • PLST 336 Corporate Topics for Litigation Paralegals

    Corporate Practice

  • PLST 362 Business Organizations
  • PLST 339 Secured Transactions and Bankruptcy
  • PLST 363 Contract Administration and Analysis
  • PLST 366 Litigation and Investigation for Corporate Paralegals

   Paralegal Electives: 21 credit hours

II. SCPS Core: 9 credit hours

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

III. Concentration

Students may choose one of the following concentrations:

  • COMM 103: Business and Professional Speaking
  • COMM 200: Communication & Technology
  • COMM 210: Public Relations
  • COMM 231: Conflict Management Communication
  • COMM 268: Persuasion
  • COMM 277: Organizational Communication
  • COMM 175: Introduction to Communication
  • COMM 200: Communication and New Media
  • COMM 206: Writing for the Web
  • COMM 215: Ethics in Communication
  • COMM 312: Special Events Planning
  • COMM 313: Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • CJC 101: The Criminal Justice System
  • CJC 201: Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJC 203: Policing
  • CJC 204: Corrections
  • CJC 322: Criminal Law
  • CJC 323: Criminal Procedure
  • FINC 215: Personal Finance
  • FINC 332: Business Finance
  • FINC 337: Banking, Money, Capital Markets
  • FINC 347: Financial Institutions

Choose two of the following courses (6 credit hours):

  • ECON 320: Urban Economics
  • ECON 323: International Economics
  • ECON 325: Economics of Development and Growth
  • ECON 328: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 329: Health Economics
  • ECON 355: Economics of Real Estate
  • COMM 231: Conflict Management and Communication
  • COMM 277: Organizational Communication
  • CPST 360: Organizational Development and Change
  • CPST 370: Leadership Theories and Applications
  • CPST 380: Leadership, Culture and Ethics
  • CPST 390: Organizational Theory and Practice
  • PSYC 273: Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 275: Social Psychology
  • PSYC 338: Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 353: Applied Social Psychology
  • PSYC 356: Consumer Psychology
  • PSYC 362: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • COMM 175: Introduction to Communication
  • COMM 200: Communication and New Media
  • COMM 215: Ethics in Communication
  • COMM 210: Principles of Public Relations
  • COMM 288: Public Relations in a Digital World (New Course)
  • COMM 318: Public Relations Writing

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.

Next Steps

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