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Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Paralegal Studies

About Us

Since 1991, Loyola’s Institute for Paralegal Studies has offered a post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate approved by the American Bar Association

The primary goal of the Institute is to prepare students to work as assistants to attorneys in 21st century sophisticated legal practices. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as authorized by law.

Loyola’s curriculum has breadth and depth. Also, Institute courses emphasize the technological skills required in today’s law offices, including the extensive use of online resources and several popular software programs. 

Students may earn:

Electives present opportunities to explore various topics: Intellectual Property (two courses), Immigration Law, Environmental Law, Employment Law, and Estates, Trusts and Wills.

Institute faculty and staff are experienced professionals committed to quality education for paralegals and to promotion of the paralegal role in legal practice. The Director, Jean Hellman Ryan, JD, LLM, has three decades of experience as a paralegal educator. She has served the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals for many years, both as a committee member and as an educational consultant to the group.

The Institute is an active participant in the local legal community and a member of the Illinois Paralegal Association, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, the International Practice Management Association, the Association of Legal Administrators, and the American Association for Paralegal Education.

Institute Students

Institute students have various backgrounds: they may be recent college graduates, employees in law offices, or career changers. Some are considering law or graduate school. Others plan to use their legal knowledge in their business careers.

2014-2015 Demographics

Their undergraduate degrees have been earned at universities throughout the United States and often overseas. Academic majors include the liberal arts, fine arts, sciences, business, and education. 13% have completed graduate work or earned graduate degrees.

Mission Statement
The Institute for Paralegal Studies supports Loyola's mission of promoting knowledge in the service of humanity by educating students to work as competent, effective assistants to lawyers. We believe that rigorous, comprehensive academic instruction, not merely vocational training, is essential for a paralegal to develop critical and ethical judgment. We also seek to promote the professionalism of paralegals, extending their capacity for service to the legal community and ultimately contributing to the advancement of justice in American society.


Apply now or request more information about Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and the ABA approved paralegal program. 


Institute for Paralegal Studies
Loyola University Chicago · 820 N. Michigan Ave. · Lewis Towers 621 · Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.915-6820 · Fax: 312.915.6508 · E-mail: paralegal@luc.edu

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