Paralegal Studies

What is a Paralegal?

Attorneys delegate many of their responsibilities to the paralegals who work for them.  Employed by law firms, corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies, paralegals work under the supervision of attorneys and may be responsible for a wide range of legal work including preparing pleadings, interviewing clients, researching legal problems, and drafting legal documents. Paralegals play a crucial role in the day-to-day operations of a law firm.  

Why Paralegal Studies at MacCormac College?

Job Security—Demand for paralegals is projected to grow by 28% in the next ten years, much faster than the national average (U.S. News and World Report, 2010-2011)

Flexibility—Obtain full or part-time work as a paralegal

Well-Established Program—MacCormac College is the proud home of the first Paralegal Studies Program in the State of Illinois and graduates have greater opportunities because of our reputation

Accreditation—Our Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association and MacCormac College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Faculty—The Paralegal Studies faculty members all have J.D. degrees and are experts within their areas with experience practicing law

Internships—All students have the opportunity to complete an internship in the program

MacCormac College established the first Paralegal Studies Program in Illinois in 1973; MacCormac graduates are well-respected in the legal industry.  MacCormac’s Associate Degree Program also trains Paralegal students within high-need areas of the job market by providing elective course options focused on types of law which are most in demand, such as bankruptcy.  Paralegal students have the opportunity to complete a supervised internship which allows them to define career goals, gain experience and acquire self-confidence in the workplace. Detailed information about the program can be found here.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Paralegals and Legal Assistants, employment of paralegals is projected to grow by 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

*Paralegals may not practice law or otherwise provide legal advice or services directly to the public except as permitted by law.  

Program Director: Dave Grassi


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