Associate of Applied Science

In the few decades of their formal existence, paralegals have become established members of the legal community. Interviewing clients, investigating cases, drafting documents and researching the law are typical of tasks performed by paralegals under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, work in law firms, corporations, banks, insurance and real estate agencies, title companies, courts and government agencies. The undeniable cost efficiency of using paralegals has made this field one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. The Paralegal Program at RMU is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and RMU is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).


The coursework is designed to enhance your ability to communicate effectively by developing thought and argument into logical written and oral form appropriate for a legal and/or business professional. You will engage in hands-on practical assignments performed by paralegals and learn to communicate ideas in a logical manner using appropriate legal and/or business strategies. The coursework will prepare you to meet your career goals as a paralegal or in a related field or to continue your education.

Please view the Paralegal course list for details on the curriculum.

  • Learn substantive law and procedural rules essential to functioning as a paralegal.
  • Study ethical standards as a framework for competent and professional decision-making.
  • Develop your skills with a variety of research tools.
  • Enhance your critical thinking skills necessary to analyze issues and problems.
Career Opportunities
  • Paralegal
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Assistant
  • Docket Clerk
  • Litigation Assistant
  • Project Manager

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Robert Morris University Illinois is a private, not-for-profit associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree-granting institution, accredited by the Higher learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 312.263.0456) and authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, 217.782.2551, IBHE Feedback). Robert Morris serves over 4500 students interested in getting an education that meets the demands of today's business, graphic arts, health care, culinary and technical world at its main campus in Chicago as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.