Why Paralegal Studies?

The Paralegal Studies Program allows you to learn about the legal profession and develop legal skills by covering all aspects of law. Practice your communicative, problem-solving, and innovative skills as a certified professional and community contributor. Under the supervision and guidance of practiced attorneys, you will have the opportunity to flourish in the heart of Indiana’s legal community—Indianapolis.

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What is a Paralegal?

“A paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” –American Bar Association as Adopted by the ABA House of Delegates, 2020.


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Welcoming All

Welcome to Paralegal Studies at IU’s School of Liberal Arts! Faculty is comprised of active and licensed attorneys from a variety of practice areas, all here to provide the fullest scholastic experience and prepare you for today’s work environment. We offer the only paralegal program in Indianapolis approved by the American Bar Association with multiple courses of study:

ABA Approved

Our distinct variety of programs and faculty ensure that you’ll find the perfect path to your American Bar Association approved degree. We are the only ABA approved program in Indianapolis. Here, your scholastic community begins in the classroom, where our small class sizes link you directly to your professors and classmates. We also offer resources that connect you to the student body, specialty advising, internships, and your eventual careers. Our program ensures that you find the right fit, right now.

Looking to the Future Now 

Our classes offer options to advance your technological skill set. Experience with legal technology, practical application of material and a portfolio of prepared work examples will set you apart in an already growing market. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal job market is expected to grow 15% over the next ten years. With instruction that asks you to utilize the technology efficiently and effectively, you will be prepared for the challenges of a modern legal environment.

Paralegal Certificate versus Paralegal Certification 

It is important to distinguish between a paralegal certificate and paralegal certification. The terms are often confused but are not interchangeable and have separate meaning. Learn more

Need More Information?

Contact Program Director Erin Engels eengels@iupui.edu or call her at (317)278-0442.