Paralegal in Illinois

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Schools Offering Paralegal Studies Programs in Illinois


Each year, approximately 0.2% of Illinois graduates receive degrees in paralegal studies. That means an estimated 564 paralegals graduate from Illinois' 27 paralegal schools each year.

Top Schools

Loyola University Chicago, which is located in Chicago, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a paralegal program. It received a ranking of 28th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Loyola University Chicago graduated 83 students from its paralegal program. The tuition rate at Loyola University Chicago was $32,114 per year.

ITT Technical Institute-Mount Prospect, which is located in Mount Prospect, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a paralegal program. It received a ranking of 69th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 0 students graduated from ITT Technical Institute-Mount Prospect paralegal program. The tuition rate at ITT Technical Institute-Mount Prospect was $18,048 per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a paralegal program is Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which was ranked 70th in the country in 2010, is located in Carbondale. 27 students graduated with degree in paralegal from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2010. Southern Illinois University Carbondale charged in-state students $10,468 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

If you choose to attend a Illinois paralegal school, average tuition will be $11,448 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,194 per year to $32,114 per year. In 2010, the paralegal schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. Loyola University Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,114 per year
  2. Lewis University - located in Romeoville, students are charged $23,780 per year
  3. Roosevelt University - located in Chicago, students are charged $23,300 per year

The paralegal schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Southwestern Illinois College - located in Belleville, students are charged $2,604 per year
  3. Illinois Central College - located in Peoria, students are charged $2,790 per year

A paralegal degree from an Illinois school... what next?

The highest percentage of paralegal graduates in Illinois pursue careers as a paralegal. Illinois had 9,010 paralegals in 2010. The Illinois counties with the largest populations of paralegals are:

  1. Cook County - 7,510 paralegals
  2. Lake County - 320 paralegals
  3. Marshall County - 190 paralegals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of paralegals in Illinois will grow by 25%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 11,240 paralegals working in Illinois.

Salary

On average, a paralegal earns a salary of $52,700 per year in Illinois state. In 2010, however, some Illinois paralegals earned as little as less than $20,790 per year or as much as more than $85,830 per year. On average a paralegal earns the most in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Boone County - $54,390 per year
  2. Cook County - $53,740 per year
  3. Menard County - $53,640 per year

The following counties in Illinois have the lowest average salaries for paralegals:

  1. Champaign County - $31,660 per year
  2. Clark County - $34,220 per year
  3. Adams County - $40,200 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in paralegal studies and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as homeland security or paralegal.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies in Illinois
  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies in Illinois

Want to study at your own time and pace?

Consider Online Schools as a great alternative flexible option to earn a degree!

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,125 miles from location College of DuPage Glen Ellyn IL 13.8242 n/a 27,083
6,182 miles from location Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 29.5829 31% 20,350
6,123 miles from location College of Lake County Grayslake IL 13.4699 n/a 18,092
6,103 miles from location Loyola University Chicago Chicago IL 72.1483 15% 15,879
6,126 miles from location Harper College Palatine IL 12.7765 n/a 15,711
6,221 miles from location Southwestern Illinois College Belleville IL 13.7244 n/a 14,440
6,200 miles from location Illinois Central College Peoria IL 15.7341 n/a 13,049
6,111 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago IL 8.94698 n/a 12,866
6,139 miles from location Elgin Community College Elgin IL 15.1103 n/a 11,704
6,103 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Chicago IL 6.60952 n/a 8,464
6,235 miles from location Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey IL 11.0347 n/a 8,179
6,103 miles from location Roosevelt University Chicago IL 22.8963 28% 7,306
6,102 miles from location South Suburban College South Holland IL 10.1002 n/a 7,279
6,125 miles from location Lewis University Romeoville IL 29.2285 33% 5,847
6,103 miles from location Robert Morris University Illinois Chicago IL 24.0041 40% 4,619
6,107 miles from location Kankakee Community College Kankakee IL 13.4446 n/a 4,298
6,103 miles from location Ellis University Chicago IL 2.23534 n/a 1,950
6,178 miles from location Rasmussen College-Illinois Rockford IL 11.0663 n/a 1,353
6,111 miles from location Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus Bridgeview IL 18.6599 74% 1,195
6,110 miles from location Northwestern College Chicago IL 14.8452 88% 935
6,175 miles from location Rockford Career College Rockford IL 19.2314 n/a 752
6,204 miles from location Midstate College Peoria IL 17.5414 100% 650
6,116 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Orland Park Orland Park IL 26.0399 100% 562
6,118 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Mount Prospect Mount Prospect IL 31.3178 100% 549
6,118 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Oak Brook Oak Brook IL 22.7824 100% 425
6,251 miles from location Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities Moline IL 18.986 n/a 246
6,103 miles from location MacCormac College Chicago IL 15.9918 n/a 151
 

Curious what studying Paralegal gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Legal Secretaries + 13,040 $43,760 -0.2%
2
Paralegals and Legal Assistants + 9,010 $52,700 44.2%
 

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