What You Can Do With This Degree

Knowledge of the law and legal systems is important for people in many walks of life. Many professionals need to understand what the legal system is, how it works, how it interrelates with social change, and how it assists people in asserting their rights. Legal studies provides the professional and scholarly skills necessary for a general understanding of the law as well as for law-related careers, law school, or further graduate level study.

Our interdisciplinary approach to the study of law allows our alumni distinguished and diverse career paths. Our alumni have gone on to pursue careers as:

  • Attorneys
  • Consultants
  • Contract Administrators
  • Court Administrators
  • Court Clerks
  • Data Analysts
  • Expert Witnesses
  • FBI Agents
  • Government Relations Directors
  • Historians
  • Hospital Administrators
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Investigators
  • Labor Relations Directors
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Legal Assistants
  • Legal Consultants
  • Legislative Liaisons
  • Litigation Analysts
  • Lobbyists
  • Magistrates
  • Paralegals
  • Policy Developers
  • Politicians
  • Professors
  • Public Service Administrators
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Reporters
  • Research Associates
  • Social Workers
  • Superintendents
  • Teachers
  • Union Representatives


About Paralegals

Paralegals assist lawyers in the delivery of legal services and are common in a variety of legal agencies.

The National Association of Paralegal Assistants (NALA) offers a paralegal certification. Although certification is not required to become a paralegal, it may increase career prospects.

To sit for the paralegal exam, NALA requires either a year of paralegal experience or 15 hours of coursework in substantive areas of law. LES offers multiple courses that will satisfy the substantive law requirement, enabling students to sit for the exam without prior experience as a paralegal.  Contact Legal Studies for more information.


Read more about our alumni on our Alumni Profiles page.

View a video of Legal Studies Alumnus and Department of Defense Inspector General Gordon Heddell visit to campus.

Read about Karen Hasara, UIS Legal Studies alumna, being named to University of Illinois Board of Trustees