Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Paralegal Studies


The B.A. in Paralegal Studies comprises 120 credit hours. Courses are offered in an 8 week session format with evening and Saturday morning options. All PLST courses carry 2 credit hours unless noted otherwise.

Note: Institute students must complete at least 9 semester credit hours of ABA-designated legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction or synchronous online instruction. 

Major Courses (48 credit hours)

Required Paralegal Core Courses

PLST 369 Advanced Topics in American Law
PLST 370 Advanced Legal Analysis & Writing I
PLST 331 Introduction to Paralegal Studies
PLST 332 Legal Research & Writing I
PLST 333 Legal Research & Writing II
PLST 335 Legal Ethics
PLST 345 Law Office Computer Applications

Practice Track Requirements:

PLST 340 Civil Litigation I
PLST 341 Civil Litigation II
PLST 342 Civil Litigation III
PLST 362 Business Organizations
PLST 363 Contract Administration & Analysis
PLST 339 Secured Transactions & Bankruptcy

Elective Requirement: 0-6 courses depending on transfer credit.


SCPS Courses (9 credit hours)

CPST 200 Introduction to Degree Completion
CPST 201 Civic Identity and Development
CPST 397 Capstone
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Core Requirements

The number of hours remaining toward Core requirements can vary due to transfer credit. Learn More

Mission Specific Requirements

Mission specific requirements can vary from 0 to 15 credit hours based on your prior credit. Learn More

General Elective Requirements

Students may have some general elective coursework to complete if their transfer credit and remaining required hours (Core, mission specific, major, etc.) do not total 120. Learn More

Course Descriptions

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Program Outcomes

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 will develop skills in litigation and corporate practice areas as well as legal research, analysis, and writing, legal ethics and law office technology. 

All BA in Paralegal Studies students will be able to:

  • Prepare summaries of court decisions, statutes, and administrative regulations.
  • Develop legal arguments using court decisions, statutes, and administrative regulations.
  • Locate relevant legal sources from federal and state jurisdictions
  • Apply paralegal and attorney code of ethics to situations typically encountered by paralegals
  • Demonstrate intermediate competence using typical office software including word processing, spreadsheets, PDF’s

Students in the Litigation & Corporate Track will be able to:

  • Assist attorneys in preparing and presenting lawsuits 
  • Draft court pleadings and maintain case files and databases
  • Collect and organize information through investigation and the discovery process
  • Help prepare the case for trial, and often assist attorneys at trial by coordinating the case material.
  • Assist attorneys who work for corporate clients document the organization and operation of business entities.
  • Retrieve information to conduct due diligence procedures for commercial and real estate transactions.
  • Draft contract provisions and coordinate the administrative process for contracts.
  • Help clients in regulated industries demonstrate compliance with government regulations.