Loyola University Chicago


School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Bachelor of Art

College and School Information


About the School of Continuing and Professional Studies

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) offers various degree programs, certificate options, and continuing education, that respond to the needs of today’s students and employers. Our Management offers students five relevant, real-world concentrations asked for most by employers, including a ABA-approved Certificate in Paralegal Studies. 

Non-credit continuing education at Loyola is equally dynamic and continuously growing:  Our Continuum program extends the intellectual depth of the University into the community by offering courses in the humanities, arts and sciences.  Courses and seminars designed for working professionals – and a new series of certificate programs – extend our connection to Loyola’s professional schools.

Please School web site for details on each of our programs at www.luc.edu/scps.


Contact Us

Water Tower Campus
Lewis Towers 401
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-915-6501
Fax: 312-915-6508
E-mail: scps@luc.edu

Website: www.luc.edu/scps

Office of the Dean
Dean: Walter S. Pearson, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean: Jeremy Joslin

Faculty Director of Online Education: Jeanne Widen, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for Paralegal Studies:   Jean Hellman Ryan, J.D., LL.M.


Academic Advising

Academic advisors in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) are available for assistance, from the pre-admission process through the final graduation audit. Advisors assist with degree planning, progress toward graduation, course selection and registration, application of transfer credits, and any other academic matters of concern. Academic advising in SCPS is provided as an integral part of the university's larger mission of promoting academic success. To schedule an appointment with an advisor call 312-915-6501, or send an e-mail request to scps@luc.edu.    

Honors and Awards

Dean's List
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies Dean's List acknowledges bachelor's degree seeking students, taking 12 or more hours in a semester, who obtain at least a 3.50 grade point average.

Alpha Sigma Lambda
Alpha Sigma Lambda is an honor society that recognizes the special achievements of bachelor's degree seeking adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. The mission of Alpha Sigma Lambda is to be first in scholarship and leadership. Loyola established a chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda to celebrate the scholarship and leadership of adult students in higher education.    

University Core Curriculum

All degree seeking students are required to complete the University Core Curriculum. For specific information, please refer to the University Core Curriculum section in Academic Rules and Regulations or visit the University Core Curriculum Website at www.luc.edu/core.    


Water Tower Campus
Lewis Towers 610
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-915-6820
Fax: 312-915-7216
E-mail: paralegal@luc.edu
Director: Jean Hellman Ryan, J.D., LL.M.

The Institute for Paralegal Studies offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies that is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The primary goal of the program is to prepare students to work as assistants to lawyers in law firms, corporations, and government offices.    

Certificate in Paralegal Studies

This program is specifically designed for training paralegals and not for training lawyers or legal administrators. A bachelor's degree is required. Students choose one of three concentrations or pursue a generalist course of study approved by the director. Various elective courses offer instruction in other areas of law in which paralegals may be employed.    


Students earn the Certificate in Paralegal Studies after successful completion of 12 courses (24 credit hours). Program requirements include seven foundation courses, three concentration courses, and two elective courses. Students are welcome to take more than the 24 credit hours required for the certificate. For complete program requirements and course descriptions, visit: www.luc.edu/paralegal.    

Internship Opportunities

The Institute for Paralegal Studies offers an optional internship program to provide students with practical, on-the-job experience under the supervision of the director and an on-site attorney or paralegal supervisor. Student interns have the opportunity to apply their classroom learning in the workplace, establish contacts in the local legal community, and develop their skills and self-confidence. Internships are unpaid, and the student receives two hours of academic credit, for which usual tuition rates apply.

For more information about the Institute for Paralegal Studies, visit: www.luc.edu/paralegal.    


Enhance your skills for success with our various credit-bearing certificate programs. For a complete list of offerings, visit www.luc.edu/scps/professional-certificates/.