FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Paralegal Program Earns
American Bar Association Re-Approval
Important Distinction Raises Visibility and Standards of University Program
CHICAGO, April 21, 2011 – The Institute for Paralegal Studies (IPS) at Loyola University Chicago has earned re-approval for its paralegal program by the American Bar Association (ABA). The re-approval confirms that the program has met the standards of educational quality specified in the ABA’s Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, which is a distinction achieved by only 274 programs throughout the United States.
“Having ABA approval of the program means that our students, once graduated, will meet certain and particular guidelines that employers are looking for,” said Kelly Barry, the academic program coordinator of Loyola’s paralegal studies program. “Many law firms, especially within the Chicago area, require or find it important to hire a paralegal from an ABA-approved program, and we want to provide that for our students.”
Students earn the Certificate in Paralegal Studies after successful completion of 12 courses (24-credit hours). Program requirements include seven foundation courses, three concentration courses, and two elective courses. The post-baccalaureate curriculum includes concentrations in civil litigation, corporate/commercial transactions, and corporate/real estate to meet the specialized needs of the legal community. The institute also stresses the importance of technology skills in the legal practice of the 21st century. Loyola graduates are instructed in widely used litigation support software and they learn how to use the Internet in a cost-effective manner to assist attorneys.
Loyola’s Institute for Paralegal Studies has been instructing paralegals for 20 years. With this ABA re-approval, the institute can further improve and increase student internship and job opportunities. “ABA approval is the only nationally recognized credential for paralegal education programs,” said Jean Hellman Ryan, an assistant professor and director of IPS. “Meeting the ABA’s rigorous criteria indicates that Loyola paralegal graduates are well prepared for the legal workplace.”
For more information on the program, visit LUC.edu/paralegal.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S. News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in the publication’s 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.