Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Paralegal Studies

Information for Students

Whether you are interested in a Loyola paralegal credential, newly enrolled or attending classes for awhile - this page will help you with the most common questions and concerns.

Feel free to contact the Institute Office at 312.915.6820 if your query is not answered below.

Prospective Student: Frequently Asked Questions

Are online classes available?

  • The Institute for Paralegal Studies offers a variety of In-Person, Blended, and Online courses. 

How long does it take to complete the program?

  • Most students complete the certificate in about 18 months. Full-time students can complete the certificate in less than a year.  The schedule is flexible and can be adjusted to fit your needs.

Is Loyola’s Institute for Paralegal Studies ABA-approved?

How many days per week do classes meet?

  • Typically, classes meet once per week for three hours during an 8-Week Session.

How can I order a transcript?

  • Current students and individuals with LOCUS IDs: Request your official transcripts through LOCUS. Others should complete this form.

Historically, 80% of graduates are employed within six months of completing their paralegal credential. Recently, it’s been closer to 90%.

  • What percentage of graduates are employed after completing a paralegal certificate?


What types of Financial Aid are available?

  • For Certificate students, only federal student loans are available. You must complete a FAFSA to determine eligibility.

When should I complete the FAFSA?

  • You should complete the FAFSA during the application process if you plan to apply for financial aid. It may take up two weeks for Loyola to receive and process your financial aid award.  The earliest you can complete the FAFSA is October 1 for the following academic year.

What is Loyola’s school code for the FAFSA?

  • Loyola’s code is 001710.

How many credits must I take to be eligible for Financial Aid?

  • You must be considered at least “part-time” in order to qualify for federal student loans. This requires enrolling in at least 6 credits (3 PLST courses) per semester.  The three courses may be split between two sessions within the same semester.
  • For Financial Aid purposes, the Post-Baccalaureate certificate is considered a 5th year undergraduate degree.

Is the Post-Baccalaureate certificate considered a graduate degree?

  • For Bachelor’s Degree students, there are scholarships available as well as federal student loans and other grants.