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Paralegal Degree Program

Are you interested in how the legal system works? A paralegal career is an exciting choice if you want to learn more about the law. After completing our Paralegal degree program at the Chicago or Bridgeview campuses you can begin practicing as a paralegal.

Paralegals, under the supervision of attorneys, provide services in all phases of the legal system including courts, law firms and government agencies. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. If you're ready for a fulfilling career in the legal profession, consider earning your Paralegal Associate in Applied Science Degree at Northwestern College.

Paralegal School Overview

  • Understand and exhibit the expected ethical behavior
  • List and explain the steps involved in taking a case to trial by preparing pleadings and other litigation-related documents
  • Analyze and draft contract provisions and contracts which conform to legal precedents
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform various forms of legal writing and prepare legal documents
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the paralegal's role in the resolution of tort/personal injury matters by defining causes of actions, identifying the types and amounts of damages which may be awarded, and demonstrating proper tort research techniques
  • Exhibit judgment, comprehension and analytical ability in categorizing legal data and issues
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills

Paralegal Program Goals
Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Understand and exhibit expected ethical behavior of the paralegal profession
  • Understand and demonstrate the necessary steps to bring a case to trial by preparing pleadings, discovery requests, and other litigation-related documents
  • Display the ability to independently research legal issues and prepare appropriate legal documents
  • Perform through an externship, paralegal skills necessary to competently work in a legal environment
  • Exhibit computer proficiency and knowledge of computer software used in the legal profession

Paralegal Career Opportunities (CIP Code 22.0302)


Paralegals are in demand at law firms, court systems, government agencies at all levels, corporations, non-profit organizations, insurance and health care companies, real estate title companies, and financial services organizations.

The Paralegal program is designed to prepare you for potential employment in a number of occupations, including the following: (each occupation listed contains a link to information on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website).

23-2011 - Paralegals and Legal Assistants
23-2099 - Legal Support Workers


The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Northwestern College's Paralegal Program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org.

Requirements and Course Offerings

See the Northwestern College Catalog

Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

We are not required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or the Illinois Board of Higher Education to report placement rates.

For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

Program Disclosure

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