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Why Choose CLC's Legal Studies Program?

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High Quality Courses

Legal Studies courses have been developed with the assistance of attorneys, paralegals, and paralegal educators. CLC's Legal Studies Program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), making it Lake County's only ABA-approved paralegal program.

Knowledgeable & Experienced Faculty

Legal Studies classes are taught by faculty who have Juris Doctor degrees and work experience as paralegals or as supervisors of paralegals.

Opportunity to Obtain Real-World Experience

The Legal Studies curriculum includes the opportunity for an internship that enables students to apply their classroom learning to the legal environment. We also provide each student with real-world experience before they graduate through our Capstone Field Work requirement. We are the only Illinois school to sponsor all graduating student to take a national core competency exam and earn a nationally recognized credential prior to graduating.

Skills Gained Through CLC's Legal Studies Program

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal process
  • Apply standard technical procedures in the delivery of legal services under the supervision of an attorney
  • Identify legal and ethical issues and recognize appropriate actions
  • Develop and carry out legal research plans
  • Report legal research findings in the appropriate format
  • Prepare for and conduct effective interviews with clients or witnesses
  • Apply knowledge of the legal process to various legal specialty areas such as litigation, administrative agency law, real estate law, and family law

*To avoid the unauthorized practice of law, paralegals must conduct legal work under the supervision of an attorney.