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Getting Started

There are two program tracks for COD's Paralegal Studies program. The right program track for you depends upon whether you are seeking your first college degree or already have a college degree. The Associate in Applied Studies (A.A.S.) degree track is for students who do not have a college degree and are seeking a two-year college degree in Paralegal Studies. The certificate program track is for those who already have an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university and are seeking to add the certificate credential to their degree.

The A.A.S. degree requires 67 to 70 credit hours of coursework, including general education classes and other classes designed to provide technical and professional competence. Students who do not  have a college degree must enroll in this program.

The certificate program requires 36 credit hours of coursework, limited to courses focusing on paralegal skills and education. Note that the certificate option is only available to students who have already earned a college degree.

Both program tracks require a student to be accepted into the program after taking prerequisite coursework and completing a program application. Please note: Students may continue to enroll in paralegal classes each semester prior to being admitted into the program, except that students seeking admission into PLGL 2600 must have been accepted into the program in order to enroll in these classes.

In either case, the student's first step would be to enroll in Introduction to Paralegal Studies, PLGL 1100, which is a prerequisite for program admission.  Paralegal 1150 is also a program prerequisite, which can either be taken in the same semester as PLGL 1100, or in a separate semester.  In addition, A.A.S. degree students must also take ENGLI 1101 as a program prerequisite.

After the prerequisites listed above have been taken, the student is ready to apply for official admission into the program by completing the applicable program application.  The application forms can be accessed below.  Also attached is the Reference Form, which must be completed and mailed directly to the program coordinator by the three individuals who will be providing  references.

If you have any questions, please contact Sally N. Fairbank, program coordinator, at Fairbank@cod.edu

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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

ABA Approved

College of DuPage
Paralegal Studies Program
ABA-approved since 2010
Re-approved in 2013

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  • Spotlight: Kaitlyn Heimann

    Kaitlyn HeimannParalegal Studies

    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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  • Spotlight: Leena Oudin

    Leena OudinParalegal Studies

    “I had some wonderful professors who provided real-world scenarios and lessons that helped prepare me for the workforce. Many classes have paralegals come in as guest speakers, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. They have real-life experience as a paralegal and a different perspective than the attorneys.”

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  • Spotlight: Leticia Lozano

    Dennis AndersParalegal Studies

    “The Paralegal Studies program at COD is highly rated. They guided me through the program and assisted me in finding an internship. I have high regard for COD in preparing graduates by teaching the skills to transition directly into the workforce.”

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