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Legal Studies

Illinois State University has been providing quality paralegal education since 1975. The program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), placing it among the most prestigious paralegal training programs in the State of Illinois. Our Legal Studies Program provides courses designed to provide specialized knowledge and skills to prepare students for employment as a paralegal. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Why Study Legal Studies?

The paralegal profession is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Legal Studies Program prepares students for a career as a paralegal in public and private law offices, corporate law departments, and government agencies. Students learn how lawyers think and how to communicate effectively with both lawyers and laymen.

Application Information

Minors can only be declared by current Illinois State students. Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

In order to be admitted to the Legal Studies minor, a student must have completed at least two (2) Legal Studies courses (one of which must be LGS 201); and must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in those two Legal Studies courses.

Application Period

Applications always accepted.

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