Paralegal Practicum


The required Paralegal Practicum, PLGL 2600, is an excellent way to obtain job experience before graduation. Students perform 120 hours of paralegal work during the semester (approximately eight hours per week during the fall and spring semesters), working in a law office under the supervision of an attorney. In addition, students attend seminars on campus that assist with creating  a professional portfolio and a personal web site for posting an electronic portfolio.

Students are eligible to enroll in the practicum after they have been admitted into the program and taken PLGL 1500, Introduction to Legal Research and Writing, and have earned a grade of "C" or better. Instructor consent to enroll in the practicum is also required.

Practicum Process

1. How to get into the Paralegal Practicum.
If a student has met the Paralegal Practicum course prerequisites, they must complete and submit an application within the stated time period noted on the application.

Note that the application requires the student to have been previously admitted or in the process of applying for admission into the Paralegal Program.
Paralegal Practicum Application Form

2. Obtaining an Internship
After a student has been accepted into the Paralegal Practicum course, the instructor will send a permit to Registration, and the students can enroll in the course.

At this point, students should begin the process of locating an internship site. The instructor will send them a list of suggested site mentors to consider when searching for an internship. In addition, students can pursue other avenues to obtain an internship site.

Below is a list of useful tips and resources when seeking an internship site, as well as a sample letter of introduction to send to a prospective internship site. The students can send this letter, or a cover letter of their own choosing, to prospective internship sites along with their resume. Students can also send prospective site mentors the letter below, which is a letter from the program coordinator explaining the paralegal practicum.

Useful Tips and Resources 

Sample Letter of Introduction 

Internship Fact Sheet

About the Paralegal Practicum (for Internship Providers)

3. After Obtaining the Internship
Once an internship has been obtained the student should notify the instructor and provide to the instructor a signed Practicum Site Agreement, which appears below:
Site Agreement


Contact Information


Sally N. Fairbank, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1816A, (630) 942-2955

Bev Carlson, Program Support Specialist
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1526, (630) 942-2140

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

Spotlight

  • Ernesto Cruz

    Ernesto CruzParalegal Studies

    "COD is providing me with an amazing education. The instructors are not just teachers, they've worked in the field and have plenty of experience and knowledge to share with us. For any students considering the Paralegal program at COD, I would quote Nike by saying 'Just Do It!' " 

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  • Rob Schwarz

    Rob Schwarz, Jr.Paralegal Studies

    "Over my long educational career, I have come to the realization we receive back what we put into our education. I have never experienced anything in my educational experiences like the Paralegal Studies program at College of DuPage and what it has to offer."

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  • Daniel Alonso

    Daniel AlonsoParalegal Studies

    "I have often asked myself why the professors in the Paralegal program go so much out of their way for us. I have come to the conclusion that they possess something many professors forget about today, which is to sincerely care about their students."

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  • Stephanie Weiser

    Stephanie WeiserParalegal Studies

    "The Paralegal Studies professors are phenomenal. I cannot compliment them enough; they are experienced, intelligent and, most importantly, they care about their students."

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  • Victoria Wadowski

    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."

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  • Larry Caruso

    Larry CarusoParalegal Studies

    "College of DuPage is helping me toward meeting my goals because it offers a great program that I really enjoy, and the overall environment in the Paralegal program is making me work hard and be accountable for my work."

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  • Peggy Wojkowski

    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. I also would advise that current students act like every day is a job interview and conduct themselves in a professional manner."

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  • Deanna Radtke

    Deanna RadtkeParalegal Studies

    "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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  • Deborah D'Attomo

    Deborah D'AttomoParalegal Studies

    "COD has a law library and a subscription to Westlaw, the premier legal research database. 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." 

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