American Bar Association Approves Lewis Paralegal Studies

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American Bar Association Approves Lewis University’s Paralegal Studies Bachelor’s Degree

Published: September 26, 2017.

The American Bar Association recently approved Lewis University’s Bachelor of Arts degree in paralegal studies.

It is the only ABA approved program for a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies in Will and Dupage counties. In addition, it is one of the few ABA approved programs for a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies in the State of Illinois.

The ABA’s stringent standards include an evaluation of academic standards, student’s ability and graduates’ competence, prior to granting approval. It must be noted that paralegals may perform functions delegated by an attorney, and under the supervision of an attorney, including but not limited to conducting interviews with clients and witnesses, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.

“Employers are seeking paralegals with a bachelor's degree” said Huma Zia, program director. Recent Lewis University graduates are taking advantage of this market demand for paralegals with bachelor’s degrees. All recent five May 2017 graduates found employment in their field.

“I credit this successful job placement to the way our curriculum is designed for student success,” added Zia. She explained that one major component of the curriculum is a required capstone internship that allows students to network and apply the theoretical skills to the practical working environment. “This required internship is very attractive to potential employers and may lead to permanent employment.”

In addition to preparing students to find an immediate job as a paralegal or work in the legal community, Lewis University’s bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies also prepares traditional students for law school or other graduate degree programs. There is also a cohort option that provides evening classes for adults that are looking for a career change.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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