BA in Paralegal Studies

The B.A. in Paralegal Studies allows students with 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. Students develop skills in Litigation & Corporate Practice as well as legal research, analysis, and writing, legal ethics and law office technology.

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

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 Litigation 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.
Total Number of Major Courses 12-14 courses (less the elective requirement)
Total Number of Major Credit Hours 48 credit hours. Each student's remaining hours toward Core, mission-specific requirements, and general elective requirements will vary depending on transfer credit. Please review the curriculum page to learn more about your requirements beyond your major credit hours.
Start Terms Students can begin during any of the 5 sessions throughout the academic year.
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Major 24 credit hours
Schedule Format for Major Courses Courses offered in 8‐week sessions with fully face‐to‐face evening
options and Saturday morning blended options.

Schedule Format for Other Courses
(Core, mission, and school requirements)

Courses offered in 8‐week sessions with fully online options, which may include both synchronous and asynchronous meetings, and blended options with either evening or Saturday morning meetings.
Course Locations Water Tower Campus – 820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Application and Admission Requirements
  • Application
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions
  • 2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions
  • A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies or a minimum of 15 credit hours in paralegal coursework
Tuition and Fees

Online Information Session
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:00 p.m.

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Loyola's School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers accelerated degree programs for paralegal professionals. Apply now or request more information about Loyola’s degree programs.

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