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Admission Requirements - Paralegal Program

Admission requirements for the Paralegal selection process.


This is a selective admission program. You must meet the following requirements to be eligible.

Readiness Testing

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

Transfer Students

If you wish to transfer to JCCC's Paralegal program from a paralegal program in another institution, you must complete the paralegal program application procedures. If you are seeking to receive credit toward your JCCC degree or certificate for classes that you have taken from another paralegal program, then you should set up a meeting with the Paralegal program Chair after obtaining (1) a transcript from the prior paralegal program and (2) a detailed description of each class that you would like to transfer.

In order to earn a paralegal certificate or degree from JCCC, a minimum of 18 hours of paralegal courses must be earned from JCCC. Transfer credits will be accepted from college and universities starting from the year that they are accredited or hold candidacy status with:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Other institutions approved by JCCC

All transfer credit will be converted to the semester-hour system. All credits earned with an "F" grade or higher will be articulated and calculated in your cumulative GPA Quality points. Grade points will be articulated and averaged into your cumulative grade point average earned at JCCC.

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