There are two program tracks for COD's Paralegal Studies program. The right program track for you depends upon whether you are seeking your first college degree or already have a college degree. The Associate in Applied Studies (A.A.S.) degree track is for students who do not have a college degree and are seeking a two-year college degree in Paralegal Studies. The certificate program track is for those who already have a two-year degree or a degree from a baccalaureate-granting institution and are seeking to add the certificate credential to their degree.
The A.A.S. degree requires 67 to 70 credit hours of coursework, including general education classes and other classes designed to provide technical and professional competence. Students who do not yet have a college degree must enroll in this program.
The certificate program requires 27 credit hours of coursework, limited to courses focusing on paralegal skills and education. Effective Fall 2011, the certificate program requires 33 credit hours of coursework. Note that the certificate option is only available to students who have already earned a college degree.
Both program tracks require a student to be accepted into the program after taking prerequisite coursework and completing a program application. Please note: Students may continue to enroll in paralegal classes each semester prior to being admitted into the program, except that students seeking admission into PLGL 1500 and PLGL 2600 must have been accepted into the program in order to enroll in these classes.
In either case, the student's first step would be to enroll in Introduction to Paralegal Studies, PLGL 1100, which is a prerequisite for program admission. Business Law 2211 is also a program prerequisite, which can either be taken in the same semester as PLGL 1100, or in a separate semester. In addition, A.A.S. degree students must also take ENGLI 1101 as a program prerequisite.
After the prerequisites listed above have been taken, the student is ready to apply for official admission into the program by completing the applicable program application. The application forms can be accessed below. Also attached is the Reference Form, which must be completed and mailed directly to the program coordinator by the three individuals who will be providing references.
If you have any questions, please contact Sally N. Fairbank, program coordinator, at Fairbank@cod.edu.
Application for Admission - A.A.S. degree program
Application for Admission - Certificate program
Transfer Credit Policy
Semester by Semester Course Guide
Electives Offered by Semester
Is "Paralegal" the Right Career for You?
Sally N. Fairbank, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1816A, (630) 942-2955
Bev Carlson, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008, (630) 942-2140
Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592
Victoria WadowskiParalegal Studies
"I have received the best opportunities while going through the Paralegal program. Since the program is ABA approved, it will stand out on any application. This program built and strengthened my legal knowledge. I honestly cannot imagine getting a better education and experience anywhere else."Read Spotlight
Peggy WojkowskiParalegal Studies
"The greatest lesson I took away from the program is the importance of the ethical rules that we discussed in every class. Varying degrees of ethical situations arise every day. It is important to know that you are not stepping over any ethical line. I also would advise that current students act like every day is a job interview and conduct themselves in a professional manner."Read Spotlight
Deanna RadtkeParalegal Studies
"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."Read Spotlight
Deborah D'AttomoParalegal Studies
"COD has a law library and a subscription to Westlaw, the premier legal research database. The program coursework has challenged me with legal research and writing assignments that mirror realistic situations. Also, serving as an officer of the Paralegal Club has given me the opportunity to work closely with the COD faculty and staff and to develop relationships with fellow students."Read Spotlight
Cara EckertParalegal Studies
"It can be daunting to face returning to work after being home for almost 20 years, but College of DuPage has provided very practical training for me that I think will pay off. The Paralegal Studies program is top notch. Frankly, COD offers so much more than I thought."Read Spotlight
David WilcoxParalegal Studies
"Through its stellar Paralegal Studies Program, College of DuPage is preparing me expertly for a career in law, regardless of what venue I choose. Personally, the active and vibrant Paralegal Club is providing me with limitless options for learning and getting involved with the legal world right off the bat."Read Spotlight