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Related Skills

  • Critical thinking skills
  • General communications skills
  • Legal research skills
  • Legal writing skills
  • Computer skills
  • Interviewing and investigation skills
  • Understanding the paralegal profession and ethical obligations
  • Law office management skills

Being Successful in the Field

Most entry-level positions for legal studies majors are offered by private law firms, government agencies, or corporate law departments.

  • Be willing to start in an entry-level job inorder to prepare for more advanced career opportunities.
  • Focus your program of study on the legal specialty courses.
  • Consider minoring in a foreign language or computer science if either of these disciplines is of interest.
  • Gain experience through internship, law office employment, or volunteer activities.
  • Talk with professionals in fields of interest to learn more about opportunities.
  • Join paralegal organizations offering student memberships, such as the Central Illinois Paralegal Association or the Illinois Paralegal Association.
  • Request the Legal Studies Certificate when you graduate because a certificate from an ABA-approved paralegal educational program is viewed favorably by employers.

Related Fields


  • Paralegal
  • Legal assistant
  • Legal information technology specialist
  • Legal project assistant
  • Litigation support specialist


  • Private law firms
  • Corporate law departments
  • Legal aid organizations
  • Prosecutor's Offices
  • Public defender’s Office
  • Government agencies


  • Complete an internship or other law-related employment before your senior year
  • Acquire foreign language competency that would qualify you for bi-lingual positions
  • Volunteer in law-related activities.
  • Develop skills in commonly used computer software programs, such as Office, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Supplement curriculum with foreign language, computer, and business courses.
  • Develop excellent research, writing, analysis, and communication skills.
  • Obtain leadership roles in campus organizations.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.

Other Professions

  • Administrative assistant
  • Bar association administrator
  • Closing clerk
  • Compliance and enforcement inspector
  • Compliance officer
  • Conflicts research analyst
  • Contract administrator
  • Corporate trainer
  • Court administrator
  • Court clerk
  • Court interpreter
  • Creator of trial demonstrative exhibits
  • Document reviewer
  • Editor for a legal publisher
  • Equal employment opportunity investigator
  • Equal employment opportunity specialist
  • Grant writer
  • Insurance claims adjuster
  • Investigator
  • Judicial assistant
  • Jury consultant
  • Law librarian
  • Law clerk
  • Lease Administrator
  • Legal analyst
  • Legal research director
  • Legal secretary
  • Legal software representative
  • Legislative analyst
  • Loan closing officer
  • Loan interviewer
  • Mortgage processor
  • Municipal clerk
  • Occupational health and safety technician
  • Paralegal instructor
  • Real estate administrative assistant
  • Risk management technician
  • Technical writer
  • Title examiner, abstractor and researcher
  • Title insurance administrative assistant
  • Trust officer
  • Victim advocate for prosecutor’s office

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Ruffin  223 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Thomas McClure  Schroeder Hall 403E  (309) 438-8797