Paralegal Program Admission Criteria

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. You must achieve a minimum score of 25 to be considered for admission. You may take the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking test at the JCCC Testing Services office. The Testing Center 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/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

If you are applying for admission during the semester in which you are completing the course prerequisites, you may be offered conditional acceptance into the program for the following semester.  Final acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the prerequisite courses.

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 interested in obtaining paralegal transfer credit, you should contact Anita Tebbe, chair, legal studies, 913-469-8500, ext. 3184.

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.

Contact Us

Phone: 913-469-8500, ext. 3184
Campus Mailbox: 37
Location: OCB 255 B
Dept. Email: Anita Tebbe, chair

Program Goals

Graduates of our paralegal program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in the substantive principles and procedures relating to the major areas of legal practice;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of the legal profession;
  3. Demonstrate general and legal computer application skills;
  4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills; and
  5. Demonstrate the ability to draft legal documents.

Legal Studies