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Paralegal Certification 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. 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 career in the legal profession, consider Northwestern College’s Paralegal certification program.

Paralegal Studies 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 Northwestern College Chicago Area Paralegal School 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 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

Talk to Us
For more information about our Chicago and Bridgeview Paralegal Studies program, contact us today via phone or email. If you prefer to speak to us in person, schedule a visit at one of our campuses.