Attend Paralegal School in Illinois

Learn about paralegal school in Illinois, and the jobs you can get with your paralegal training.

Facts and Figures for Illinois Paralegals

  • Length of Paralegal Study: 1 to 4 years
  • Almost 75 percent of paralegals work for law firms
  • Largest Law Firms in Illinois: Mayer Brown; Baker & McKenzie

Illinois Paralegal Schools

Although Illinois doesn’t have formal paralegal education requirements, many employers prefer to hire people with a paralegal certificate or degree.

Here are the most common education tracks for Illinois paralegals:

  • A paralegal certificate from an ABA-approved paralegal school
  • An associate of arts in paralegal studies
  • A bachelor's or advanced degree in another subject, and on-the-job experience working in a law firm

Salary Information

Here is what you can expect to earn as a paralegal in various cities in Illinois:

City Median Annual Salary*
Chicago $58,757
Peoria $50,355
Springfield $50,355
Rockford $56,180

Sources: January 2014; Illinois Paralegal II.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Certification Requirements for Paralegals in Illinois

Currently, Illinois does not have certification requirements for its paralegals; however, many employers prefer—or even require—certification. You can get national paralegal certification through the following organizations:

  • National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
  • American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. (AAPI)

To maintain national certification, you must complete a certain number of hours of continuing legal education within a specified number of years. Continuing education can include training taken at a paralegal school in Illinois, professional organizations or through bar associations.

Resources for Illinois Paralegals

Illinois paralegals will want to check the websites of the following organizations for career information and job banks: