Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Paralegal Studies

Why Loyola?


  • Loyola's rigorous paralegal program, approved by the American Bar Association, provides the best preparation for your paralegal career.
  • You'll receive a thorough grounding in basic skills as well as intense instruction in one or more popular legal practice areas.
  • Employers hire Loyola paralegal graduates.
  • Loyola's curriculum includes instruction in the technology skills essential to the 21st century legal workplace.
  • Internships, while not required, offer an opportunity to develop your paralegal skills in local law firms and corporate law departments.
  • Loyola's faculty of lawyers and paralegals teach classes that balance legal theory with practical paralegal skills.


  • Your paralegal certificate may be earned in less than one year if you attend classes full time.
  • You may earn a certificate entirely through evening classes (full time or part time).
  • You determine the schedule—full time or part time—that suits your needs.
  • You can start Loyola’s program with any of the five sessions offered each year.
  • Classes meet for three hours once each week (mornings, evenings, or Saturdays).
  • Loyola offers several blended courses, which meet online for half of the eight classes.


  • Loyola paralegal classes carry academic credit, qualifying students for federally sponsored financial aid.
  • Loyola paralegal students receive personalized career assistance from Institute staff.
  • You have access to the Institute's online job board, available only to students working on a Loyola paralegal certificate.
  • Your resume is critiqued by the Institute staff to tailor it for potential legal employers.
  • We help you prepare a job search plan and offer opportunities for mock interviews.