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-1200, Civil Litigation, PLGL-1250, Legal Ethics and Law Office Organization, and 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 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


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    I chose College of DuPage because the school has a very supportive and active roll in student success. COD had a welcoming environment and I felt comfortable when on campus. Through all the Paralegal Club events and meeting guest speakers, it gave me a good sense of what I really want out of a career and the person I need to be to achieve that. I found a really supportive group of people. All of the teachers are amazing, and they really take an interest in your work.

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