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The JCCC Paralegal program is an ABA-approved, selective admission program. This means all applicants must meet the admission requirements to qualify for the program. The sections below explain each of the requirements in detail, so please review these carefully. When you are ready to apply, visit the Application Instructions page.

If you still have questions, email Gwenda Hawk, Paralegal program chair, and provide any applicable information so that she can answer your question in the most helpful way possible. If you have applied to the Paralegal program before and were not selected or did not enter the program for that semester, you must reapply.

College Transcripts

All previous college transcripts are due by the admission deadline for the term you are applying. It is not necessary to send JCCC transcripts, or to request transcripts from previous colleges if JCCC already has them on file. Hand carried, faxed, or copies issued to students will NOT be accepted. Please contact the Admissions office at 913-469-8500, ext. 3438, if you have questions.

Read more about how to submit official college transcripts.

You are responsible for making sure that all transfer credit is posted to your transcript as equivalent to JCCC required courses, or to see a counselor about the possibility of obtaining a course substitution by the JCCC enrollment deadline.

Read more about evaluation of transcripts for credit toward the general education requirements of the Associate of Arts degree.

As an ABA-approved program, we are limited in the number of legal specialty credit hours we can accept as transfer credits. If you are interested in receiving transfer credit for paralegal courses, review the information at the bottom of this page.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Applicants must demonstrate an average GPA of 2.0 in their college-level academic history to apply for the selective admission Paralegal program. All college-level course grades will be manually calculated by the Admissions office to verify this minimum 2.0 grade point average.

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. This calculation will be the GPA used for purposes of determining whether you meet the GPA requirement for admission into the Paralegal program. If you are accepted into the Paralegal program at JCCC, your GPA for purposes of graduation will be figured based solely on your classes completed at JCCC.

Testing Requirement

As an ABA-approved, selective admission program, the JCCC Paralegal program is required to establish minimum competency requirements for all applicants prior to admission. To demonstrate that your current skill level is appropriate for admission into the program, you must provide qualifying test scores.

In an effort to provide applicants with a free and conveniently-located testing option, we use the ACCUPLACER for standardized competency testing. 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. Any test scores, including previously-taken ACCUPLACER test scores, must have been earned within five years prior to the first day of the semester to which you are applying.

The current score requirements are as follows (subject to change):

ACCUPLACER Next Generation Writing test: 255 or higher

ACCUPLACER Next Generation Reading test: 255 or higher

If you do not receive the scores required on the ACCUPLACER, you have some alternatives:

  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. For the writing competency requirement only, you can take the ACCUPLACER WritePlacer test and earn a score of 6 or higher. Completion of the WritePlacer test is not a substitute for the initial testing requirement.
  3. Complete the JCCC writing course ENGL 106 or the JCCC reading course RDG 126, or both if needed. Successful completion of these courses with a grade of C or higher must occur within five years prior to the first day of the semester to which you are applying. However, completion of these classes is an alternate qualifier that can be used after attempting the ACCUPLACER Next Generation tests. Completion of the courses is not a substitute for the initial testing requirement.

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.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants for the Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Paralegal

If you do not already have a college degree, you must complete (1) ENGL 121 (Composition I) or its equivalent, (2) LAW 120 (Introduction to Paralegal Studies), and (3) LAW 121 (Introduction to Law) with a grade of C or higher prior to admission into the program. If any of the courses is in progress at the time of application, you may still apply; however, the Admissions office will wait until grades are posted at the end of that semester to verify successful completion.

Applicants for the Paralegal Certificate

If you do already have a college degree, you must complete (1) LAW 120 (Introduction to Paralegal Studies) and (2) 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.

Application Deadline

In order to be guaranteed consideration for admission to the Paralegal program during the Fall semester, all admission requirements must be met and all documentation received by the Admissions office on or before following dates:

  • Preferential admission deadline: April 15
  • Regular admission deadline: July 1*

In order to be guaranteed consideration for admission to the Paralegal program during the Spring semester, all admission requirements must be met and all documentation received by the Admissions office on or before following dates:

  • Preferential admission deadline: Oct. 15
  • Regular admission deadline: Dec. 1*

* Exception for Associate of Arts applicants who are still enrolled in prerequisite courses on the regular admission deadline: As long as you have met all other admission requirements, the Admissions office will hold your application for decision until after final grades for prerequisite courses are posted.

Meeting all admission requirements by the preferential admission 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. Early applicants who do not meet all the admission requirements by the preferential deadline will be considered in July or December along with regular admission applicants.

Applications for admission will typically not be reviewed prior to the deadlines. You should monitor your personal admission plan to ensure all application materials have been received by the Admissions office. Please call the Admissions office at 913-469-8500, Ext. 3438, if you have questions.

Orientation Session (by invite only)

Applicants must attend one Paralegal Program Orientation Session. Dates and times of the sessions are listed below so that you can plan accordingly. Applicants who have fully met the admission requirements will be invited to attend one of the orientation sessions following each application deadline. The specific location of each session will be included in the invitation email. For privacy reasons, notifications will be sent to your JCCC email account.

Orientation Session 1: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7-8 p.m.

Orientation Session 2: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2-3 p.m.

Orientation Session 3: Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-noon

Orientation Session 4: Thursday, Dec. 12, 9-10 p.m.

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 (the official transcript should be submitted as part of your application materials) and (2) a detailed description and/or syllabus 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. This will be the GPA used for purposes of determining whether you meet the GPA requirement for admission into the Paralegal program. If you are accepted into the Paralegal program at JCCC, your GPA for purposes of graduation will be figured based solely on your classes completed at JCCC.