The paralegal program prepares students to work as paralegals (sometimes referred to as legal assistants). Graduates will be knowledgeable about and have expertise in the operation of the legal system, substantive laws, and legal procedures. Paralegals may perform functions delegated by an attorney, such as conducting interviews with clients and witnesses, conducting legal research, and drafting documents. Paralegals are typically employed by lawyers, law offices, corporations, or governmental agencies. (Paralegals may not perform attorney functions, such as providing legal advice or representing a client in court.)
This program is housed in the Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies. It is offered in an 8-week accelerated format for students 24 years and older. All Paralegal core courses offered at Lewis University include instruction in substantive law or legal procedures or processes, have been developed specifically for paralegals, and emphasize practical paralegal skills. All applicants are reviewed by the Program Director and Chair of the Department of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies.
Paralegal courses from ABA-approved programs may be applied to the Paralegal Studies major or minor at Lewis University. Paralegal courses taken in programs not approved by the American Bar Association do not transfer to Lewis.