“There is a great future in plastics,” Dustin Hoffman's character is advised in The Graduate. A few decades ago, law school was like plastics — the yellow brick road for every graduating student looking for a career.

Lately, top talent who could have a very promising legal career have been overlooking the rewards and advantages of the law. Earning a paralegal credential, such as a BA or Certificate at Loyola's Institute for Paralegal Studies is an ideal entry point.

The exponential growth of non-JD professional positions in law firms has been a benefit to paralegals. Paralegals are well positioned to move into many advancing roles, such as an eDiscovery Specialist, Legal Project Manager, Paralegal Manager, and Chief Operating Officer.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the “Employment of paralegals and legal assistants to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026; much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.”

Loyola's ABA-approved Institute for Paralegal Studies offers evening classes, experienced faculty, specialized technical curriculum, tuition benefits as well as some online and blended courses. The Water Tower Campus is convenient to the Chicago Loop. Both the Litigation and the Corporate Practice Certificates can be completed in one year. Here is a list of the Institute's offering:

Marie Harrigan, Director of the Institute for Paralegal Studies regularly takes calls from attorneys. “Typically, they are on the hunt for bright, organized paralegal graduates and recognize the value of a well-educated paralegal. Often they want to train them in their particular practice area. Many of our students work full-time while completing their credential. It is common for students to tell us that the attorney they work for suggested they look into Loyola’s Paralegal Program.”

Explore Loyola's ABA-approved Institute for Paralegal Studies as a steppingstone for your employees. Our primary goal is to prepare students to support attorneys in 21st century sophisticated legal practices. We seek to promote the professionalism of paralegals, extending their capacity for service to the legal community and ultimately contributing to the advancement of justice in the American society.

Find out more at www.luc.edu/indemand-paralegal and encourage your staff to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about Loyola’s paralegal offerings.