College of DuPage offers a wide range of academic resources and student activities geared toward paralegal studies students to help you succeed in your studies and get involved on campus.
Academic and Career Pathways
Determine the pathway you need to take to graduate on time.
Paralegal students are required to complete a practicum. In the Paralegal Practicum, students perform 120 hours of paralegal work during the semester (approximately 8 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 website for posting an electronic portfolio. Learn more about the practicum process.
Join a paralegal club on campus or network through a professional organization.
The following organizations offer opportunities for Paralegal Studies students to connect and get involved in the student community as well as distinguish themselves academically.
All Paralegal Studies students are welcome to join the Paralegal Club. Contact Linda Jenkins for more information.
Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX)
LEX is the National Honor Society for paralegal students.
The following professional and educational organizations can provide worthwhile career and employment information for paralegal students:
- American Association for Paralegal Education
- American Bar Association
- College Central Network Services for College of DuPage
- Illinois Paralegal Association
- National Association of Legal Assistants
- National Federation of Paralegal Associations
The resource information listed on this page is available in COD's Library College and Career Information Center.
Student Planning Worksheet
- When planning your coursework, use a Student Planning Worksheet.
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