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What is a Paralegal?

"A legal assistant or paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." (American Bar Association, 1997)

Employment Outlook

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% between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.

What can you do with this degree?

Here is a list of some of the most popular places graduates of MacCormac College’s paralegal programs in Chicago choose to work:

  • Real estate offices
  • Insurance companies
  • Legal aid societies
  • Courts and governmental offices
  • Private companies, corporations and partnerships
  • Not for profit business entities
  • Private law firms
  • Attorneys in private practice
  • Title and abstract offices


Small Classes

MacCormac College is the paralegal school that Chicago legal professionals and employers trust to provide a high-quality, hands-on educational experience in an environment that encourages learning. Our small class size allows intensive one-on-one interaction with the professor teaching the course. Program classes are taught year-round, both day and evening, so the degree may be completed entirely by day classes, by evening classes or in combination. The year-round program allows for possible completion in as little as 16 months full time, or more depending on the student's schedule and other commitments.

Well-Established Program

Students looking for the best paralegal programs in Chicago need look no further than MacCormac College. We are proud of our long, established history. In fact, MacCormac College has been teaching and graduating paralegals since 1973, and has the oldest two-year paralegal studies program in the State of Illinois.

Accredited and Approved Paralegal Programs in Chicago

The Paralegal Studies Program at MacCormac College is part of the College accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Program is further approved by the American Bar Association.


All paralegal studies faculty are licensed, practicing attorneys who specialize in their area of instruction.

Internship Possibilities

Students have the opportunity to complete an internship in the program. MacCormac’s Associate Degree Program is among the best paralegal programs in Chicago in part, because of our commitment to providing students with real-world experience. MacCormac College 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 e-discovery. 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.

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

Program Director: Prof. David F. Grassi, J.D., M.A.