Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Paralegal Studies

BA in Paralegal Studies


The B.A. in Paralegal Studies allows students with a minimum of 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 select one of the practice tracks and develop skills in that practice area 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 9-19 (depending on transfer credit)
Total Number of Major Credit Hours 40 credit hours
Start Terms Students can begin during any of the 5 sessions throughout the academic year.
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Major 20 credit hours
Schedule Format for Major Courses Courses offered in 8-week sessions in a combination of fully online synchronous (live) and face-to-face evening and Saturday morning classes.
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(live) and asynchronous(pre-recorded) components with either evening or Saturday morning meetings.
Course Locations Online and on the Water Tower Campus located at 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


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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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