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How to Apply - Paralegal Program

The Paralegal program is a selective admission program.


If you want to become a paralegal, the following steps can set you on your way toward your career path. Because this is a selective admission program, please pay particular attention to the transcript and eligibility requirements. If you have applied before and were not selected, you must reapply.

Deadlines

In order to be guaranteed consideration for admission to the JCCC Paralegal Program, all application materials must be received by Admissions on or before the following dates:

To begin the program spring semester:
Apply for preferential admission by – Oct. 15
Apply for regular admission by – Dec.  1

To begin the program fall semester:
Apply for preferential admission by – April 15
Apply for regular admission by – July 1

Meeting all admissions requirements by the preferential admissions deadline provides potential paralegal students with the opportunity to enroll in classes earlier than those who do not meet the requirements until the regular admission deadline.

Applications to enter the Paralegal Program are semester-specific. If you are not admitted to the program for any reason in one semester, you will need to reapply to be considered for admission to the program in a subsequent semester.

Verification of Receipt

You will receive a personal admission plan on your MyJCCC account to verify receipt of materials in the Admissions office. In order to notify you of your file status, we strongly recommend that all materials be submitted well in advance of the deadline date. Please call the Admissions office at 913-469-8500, ext. 3438, if you have questions.

Review of Application

Your application for admission will be reviewed after the priority and final deadlines. You will be notified by email as to whether or not you have successfully met the academic criteria.

GPA/Transcripts

Arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to JCCC from all colleges and universities that you have attended or your high school transcripts if you have not attended college. You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above to enter the program. If you do not have a 2.0 or better GPA, you may meet with the JCCC Counseling department to discuss possible options to renovate your GPA.

Readiness Testing Requirement

All applicants to the JCCC Paralegal program must demonstrate both English composition and reading comprehension readiness prior to admission to the program. To demonstrate that your current skill level is appropriate for admission into the program, you must take both the Writing and Reading Comprehension sections of the ACCUPLACER placement test.

When you complete your ACCUPLACER tests, Testing Services will provide a printout that shows which JCCC class your scores would place you into if you were taking the test for placement purposes. Your earned scores should be high enough to place you into ENGL 121 and RDG 127 to satisfy the Paralegal Program testing requirement.

If you do not receive the scores required on the ACCUPLACER, you have two options:

  1. Retake the section or sections you did not pass: the number of times you can retake tests is limited—check with Testing Services.
  2. Complete the review courses necessary to improve any deficient English/writing and reading comprehension skills demonstrated by your test results. Once you have earned a grade of C or higher in ENGL 106, RDG 126, or both, as applicable, you will be deemed to have met the testing requirement—no further testing is required for admission to the Paralegal Program (however, successful completion of ENGL 121 is still required as a prerequisite). Successful completion of ENGL 106 and RDG 126 is valid for three years only.

Study guides are available for review prior to taking ACCUPLACER tests. Contact Testing Services or a JCCC Counselor for more information regarding test preparation materials.

Scores from other tests like ACT, COMPASS, TOEFL, IELT, and EAP may be acceptable as a substitute—please contact a JCCC Counselor to determine acceptable scores from those tests. Test scores older than three years will not be considered for purposes of meeting the testing requirement.

Prerequisite Courses for the Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Paralegal

If you do not already have a college degree, you must complete ENGL 121 (Composition I) or its equivalent, LAW 120 (Introduction to Paralegal Studies) and LAW 121 (Introduction to Law) with a grade of C or higher. If any of the courses is in progress at the time of application, you may still apply; however, Admissions will wait until grades are posted at the end of that semester to verify successful completion of the courses in progress at the time of submission of your application.

Prerequisite courses for the Paralegal Certificate

If you do already have a college degree, you must complete LAW 120 (Introduction to Paralegal Studies) and LAW 121 (Introduction to Law) with a C grade or higher either before or during your first semester in the program. Paralegal Certificate students who do not receive a C grade or higher in both classes by the end of their first semester in the program will be placed on program probation—they must successfully complete the courses in the next semester; otherwise, they will be suspended from the program and must reapply to the program if they want to continue.

Orientation Session

All applicants must attend an informational orientation session. Applicants will be invited to attend one of the orientation sessions following each application deadline. For privacy reasons, notifications will be sent to your JCCC email account. You must receive an invitation to attend, but for planning purposes, the scheduled dates and times will be posted in the box in the right-hand margin when available.

Acknowledgement of Acceptance

Following the informational orientation sessions, applicants who have met all of the admissions requirements will be sent an invitation to join the Paralegal Program. For privacy reasons, invitations will be sent to your JCCC email account. Accept the invitation by returning the acceptance form to Admissions and the Paralegal Program Chair. You will have five (5) working days to accept or deny the position by responding to that email. After we receive your acceptance to the position, we will change your major. Once Admissions has received and processed your acceptance form, you will be able to enroll in Paralegal Program courses for the upcoming semester.

All questions concerning the admission process should be directed to Admissions.