Degree and Certificate

Degree Program

The Paralegal Studies Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree prepares students for careers in a variety of legal areas, including litigation, corporate, real estate and insurance. In addition to classroom requirements, a practicum provides students with real-world experience.

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Certificate Program

This post-degree certificate is available to students who have earned an associate's degree (A.A. or A.S.) or higher. The certificate prepares students for work in a variety of legal areas, including litigation, corporate, real estate and insurance.

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Contact Information

Sally N. Fairbank, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1471A, (630) 942-2955

Monica Miller, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008
(630) 942-3074

Bev Carlson, Program Advising
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1443, (630) 942-2140

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592

ABA Approved

College of DuPage
Paralegal Studies Program
ABA-approved since 2010
Re-approved in 2013


  • Deanna Radtke

    Deanna RadtkeParalegal

    The Paralegal program offered practical learning with teachers who worked in legal professions. The COD instructors honestly want their students to succeed and the knowledge they provide is practical and allows us to enter our new careers prepared. When I initially learned I needed to come up with 120 hours of practicum hours, I was terrified because I was already working full-time, but I am so thankful that it was mandatory because it led me to such great accomplishments."

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  • Spotlight: Rob Schwarz, Jr.

    Rob Schwarz, Jr.Paralegal

    Over my long educational career, I have come to the realization we receive back what we put into our education. If you take the time and put in the effort, you will come out ahead when you graduate from this program. Go above and beyond and your experience at COD and in this program will be everlasting. You will make great friends and connections along the way."

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  • Spotlight: Jackie Freeman

    Jackie FreemanParalegal

    COD and the Paralegal Studies program moved me in the direction of finding gainful employment again. While the Paralegal Studies certificate was on my bucket list for purely personal reasons, the knowledge gained in the program is proving to be very useful in my new job. "

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  • Spotlight: Ernesto Cruz

    Ernesto CruzParalegal

    The amount and quality of knowledge and skills gained in the Paralegal Studies program is valuable enough to make attorneys want to hire you. For any students considering the Paralegal program at COD, I would quote Nike by saying ‘Just Do It!’ "

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