Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Paralegal Studies

Litigation Practice

The Litigation Practice Certificate* is designed to prepare students to work in civil litigation on the state and federal level. Special attention is given to strengthening legal technology skills.  Electives offer students opportunities to explore different areas of law.

Curriculum Guide

*Certificate 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. Click here to learn more.

Online Option

This program/certificate can be taken entirely online via live sessions, or in a combination of online and in-person classes.  To complete the certificate completely online, students must begin in the summer session and will finish their certificate in 10 months.

Learning Outcomes

Litigation Practice Certificate 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
  • 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.