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.

Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Test Score The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Test is required of all individuals seeking admission to the JCCC Paralegal Program. There are two forms of the test administered by JCCC,  Form A and Form B. You must achieve a minimum score of 25 on Form A of the test or a minimum score of 50 on Form B of the test to be considered for admission. You may take the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking test at the JCCC Testing Services office. Testing Services will forward your test results to the JCCC admissions office. Any questions regarding the taking of this test should be directed to Testing Services.

Re-test Requirements: Because there are two forms of the test available (Form A and Form B), a student may take the second form, (the one he or she did not originally take) two weeks after taking the original test. Students will be required to wait three months before taking the test a third time.

Prerequisite Courses You must have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

  • ENGL 121
  • LAW 121
  • LAW 123

Applicants for admission to the Paralegal Program who do not have a college degree may apply for admission to the Program prior to completing prerequisite courses that are currently in progress. However, their applications will not be acted upon and the student will not be admitted to the Program until after the prerequisite classes have been passed with a grade of “C” or better. Applicants for admission to the Paralegal Program who have earned a college degree may apply for admission to the Program and be conditionally admitted to the Program prior to starting or completing the prerequisite courses, so long as the prerequisite courses are taken and passed with a grade of “C” or better during the applicant’s first semester in the Program.

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 Legal Studies 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:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 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 or
  • 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 G.P.A. 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.