Illinois State University has been providing quality paralegal education since 1975. The program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), placing it among the most prestigious paralegal training programs in the State of Illinois. Our Legal Studies Program provides courses designed to provide specialized knowledge and skills to prepare students for employment as a paralegal. The learning objectives for the legal studies program are the following: apply critical thinking; strengthen professional communications skills; enhance legal research and writing skills; integrate computer skills in a legal setting; develop interviewing and investigation skills; and acquire an understanding of the paralegal profession and ethical obligations. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Point of Pride
Illinois State's Mock Trial team hosted in the Department of Politics and Government has advanced to the American Mock Trial Association's national championship rounds seven consecutive years.
Why study Legal Studies?
The paralegal profession is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Legal Studies Program prepares students for a career as a paralegal in public and private law offices, corporate law departments, and government agencies. Students learn how lawyers think and how to communicate effectively with both lawyers and laymen.
There are two ways to qualify for admission to the Legal Studies minor. First, a student must have completed at least two (2) Legal Studies courses (one of which must be LGS 201); and must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in those two Legal Studies courses. Second, a student must have earned a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
Applications always accepted.