Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Paralegal Studies

Admission Requirements

Post-baccalaureate applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form: You must submit your application form online.  You do not have to submit all application pieces at once.
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree. If you previously attended Loyola University Chicago, you do not need to request LUC transcripts; we have them on record.
  • 1-2 Letters of Recommendation: At least one letter of recommendation must be submitted.  Two letters are preferred.  Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.  An email request can be submitted to recommenders through the online application. 
  • A Personal Statement: You must submit a typed, double-spaced essay of at least 350 words, indicating reasons for seeking further education and how this program will help achieve professional or personal goals.  It is preferred that you submit this statement before attending an interview.
  • Admission Interview: You must complete an interview with the Director of the program prior to an admission decision being rendered.  Applicants will have a chance to discuss their interests and career goals as well as plan their course schedule with the Director.  Business casual attire is appropriate for the interview.  A schedule of available dates and times can be found within the online application. If you would like to request another date, time, or Zoom (online) interview, please contact our office,  312.915.6820 or paralegal@luc.edu.

The BA in Paralegal Studies is intended primarily for students who have earned associate degrees in paralegal studies at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants who have not earned associate degrees must have completed 15 or more paralegal semester credits at such an institution.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application: Submit your application form online
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit one set of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you previously attended Loyola University Chicago, you do not need to request LUC transcripts; we have them on record.

Students pursuing a BA from Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies also have the option to complete a paralegal certificate alongside their bachelor’s degree.

You must:

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor: Discuss how this fits in with your other requirements and whether it will require additional time to complete. 
  • Basic requirements include:
    • 2.5 or higher GPA
    • Completion of CPST 200, CPST 201 and UCWR 110
    • Within 48 hours of degree completion
    • Interview with Director of Institute for Paralegal Studies-call 312-915-6820 to schedule your interview or email paralegal@luc.edu

Paralegals with certificates from regionally accredited college and university programs and who wish to take additional courses must also hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If space permits, these applicants will be allowed to register for any paralegal studies course other than PLST 332/333, Legal Research and Writing I/II and PLST 398 Internship. Course prerequisites may be waived by the director, depending on the student's work experience and previous education.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form: Paralegals with certificates should apply for non-degree admission. You may submit your application form online
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts from each college, university and paralegal program attended (waived for previous students at Loyola, Mundelein College, or Mallinckrodt College).

Special Note:

Non-certificate seeking students (Paralegals with Certificates) taking coursework with the Institute are allowed limited access to career assistance services provided by the Institute. While enrolled at the Institute, these students are welcome to use the materials in the Institute's Career Resource Center and those posted online, including the job board, and to attend group presentations on career matters. Other career services, such as individual consulting with the Institute director or staff, and the inclusion of resumes in the program's resume database, are not available.

Applicants may be required to submit additional materials:  

Language Test Requirement

An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. For the TOEFL, a score of at least 114 on the Internet-based or 650 on the written-based test is required. For the IELTS, a score of 6.5 or better is required. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service.

This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program, an accredited master's program in the U.S., or those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

Transcript Evaluation

Applicants who completed post-secondary education abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to Educational Perspectives for evaluation of credentials. Your evaluation must show that your non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

Please request a General Evaluation. An official report should be sent electronically or by mail to:

Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611


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