Bachelor of Professional Studies in Paralegal Studies
The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Paralegal Studies degree offered by Roosevelt University is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program is intended specifically for adults who wish to pursue a career in a legal profession. The BPS in Paralegal Studies is designed for people who are 24 years of age or older and should enable students to complete a Bachelor’s degree in significantly less time than a traditional graduate degree. An objective of this program is to prepare its students to immediately acquire a job in a professional paralegal position. In short, program aims to equip its students with the professional skills and knowledge needed to immediately assume paralegal responsibilities under the supervision of an attorney when they graduate.
Paralegal Studies is the subject area pertaining to the career responsibilities and challenges of a professional paralegal. A paralegal works under the supervision of a lawyer and must have a good knowledge and understanding of legal concepts as well as office competencies. Paralegals can work in private law firms, governmental agencies, corporations, and other legal-related organizations. A paralegal must be equipped to perform a variety of tasks including:
- Conducting interviews with clients
- Researching the law
- Managing databases
- Reviewing, analyzing, and assembling records and documents
- Researching the law and gathering facts
- Drafting legal pleadings and discovery items such as motions and interrogatories
Though a paralegal cannot provide legal services directly to the public, a paralegal can help the lawyer for whom they work provide those services in an effective and efficient way.
There are some admissions requirements for this program. A student must be at least 24 years old when they start this program. They must have completed all Liberal Arts requirements or all non-paralegal undergraduate course requirements prior to attempting to enroll in this program. A student must complete 30 semester hours of courses at Roosevelt University in order to graduate from this program. Twenty-one of those hours must be at the 300 level or higher. Students must have earned at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in their previous introductory courses in order to gain entry into this program.
Degree Level: Bachelor Completion
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Approved by the American Bar Assocation.
Students must be 24 years of age when they start the program and must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all previous academic work.
Roosevelt University is a private not-for-profit, four-year, co-educational institution conveniently located in Chicago, with a second campus location in Schaumburg, Illinois. The school was founded in 1945, and was named in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. From its inception, the mission of the school has offered educational opportunities without regards to “socio economic status, racial or ethnic origin, age or gender.” Today, Roosevelt University continues to uphold its mission of diversity.
Roosevelt University supports a full range of undergraduate and graduate academic degrees and professional certificates from the following colleges:
- Chicago College of Performing Arts
- College of Pharmacy
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Heller College of Business
- College of Education
RUOnline is regionally accredited to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees, along with credentials and courses. The Fast-Track Program for Adults provides evening and online coursework for adult students.
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