Average Salary

  • $53,640

Degree Required

  • None

Becoming a Paralegal in Illinois

The State of Illinois employs over 9,820 paralegals according to a 2011 survey. With hundred of jobs opening every year, pursuing a paralegal career is a very lucrative opportunity if you live in the state of Illinois. Paralegals in Illinois enjoy a wider range of responsibilities then other states. For example, paralegals are allowed to appear in court to present a routine motion and other minor legal proceedings.

While its true that paralegals working in the state of Illinois are not required to be certified or registered, they must follow the rules of professional conduct and ethics as defined by the state. The Illinois Supreme Court set a standard of conduct for paralegals known as the Illinois Code of Paralegal Ethics that took effect in 1996.

As with most states, the law requires that lawyers supervise and accept responsibility for the professional actions of their legal assistants. Therefore most law firms will not hire paralegals without the proper education or work experience. However earning a paralegal degree can take less then 6 months. For more information click here.

Paralegal Schools In Illinois

  • OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • RASMUSSEN COLLEGE
  • DEPAUL UNIVERSITY 
  • COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY
  • DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
  • DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY 
  • ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE
  • ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
  • KANKAKEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • LOYOLA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE
    FOR PARALEGAL STUDIES
  • MacCORMAC JUNIOR COLLEGE
  • MIDSTATE COLLEGE
  • NORTHWESTERN BUSINESS COLLEGE
  • ROBERT MORRIS COLLEGE
  • ROCKFORD CAREER COLLEGE
  • ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY
  • SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE
  • SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
  • SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS COLLEGE
  • UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS – SPRINGFIELD
  • WILLIAM RAINEY HARPER COLLEGE
  • WRIGHT COLLEGE

 

 

 

 

 

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