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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 or did not enter the program at that time, you must reapply.

New JCCC Students

Prospective Paralegal students who have not attended JCCC before (or if it has been more than two years since you last attended) must complete a JCCC application for admission. The application is the first step in the enrollment process; select Non-Degree Seeking or Liberal Arts for your major. Please select the Summer/Fall 2019 term.

It may take 5 business days for your application to be processed; please email Teresa Leland if you submit a general admission application within 10 days of the posted deadline. After your general admission application has been processed, you'll be ready to complete the Paralegal Application.

Current JCCC Students

  • Step 1: The application deadline has passed. The Spring 2020 application will be open at the end of September.
  • Step 2: Submit all previous college transcripts. 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.
  • Step 3: Complete the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Accuplacer Writing tests.
  • Step 4: Monitor your Personal Admission Checklist on your MYJCCC account.
  • Step 5: Watch for an invitation to an Orientation Session from the department once your checklist has been completed.


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 – October 15
  • Apply for regular admission by – December 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 at your JCCC email account as to whether or not you have successfully met the academic criteria.


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

All previous college transcripts are due by the admissions deadline for the term you are applying. You are responsible for making sure that all transfer credit is posted to your transcript as equivalent to JCCC courses required, or to see a counselor about the possibility of obtaining a course substitution by the admissions deadline.

It is not necessary to send JCCC transcripts, or to request transcripts from previous colleges if JCCC already has them on file. Please contact Admissions if you have questions. Hand carried, faxed, or copies issued to students will NOT be accepted.

Readiness Testing

All applicants to the JCCC Paralegal program must demonstrate both English composition and reading comprehension readiness prior to admission to the program. For more information about the readiness testing requirement, please review the Admission Requirement page.

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.

Informational Orientation Session 

Applicants must attend one Paralegal Program Orientation Session. Dates and times of the sessions are listed below so that you can plan accordingly. Applicants 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, April 16, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
  • Orientation Session #2: Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am-11:00 am
  • Orientation Session #3: Thursday, July 25, 8:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Orientation Session #4: Saturday, July 27, 10:00 am-11:00 am

Invitation to join the Paralegal Program 

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.

Enrollment in Paralegal Program Courses

Once Admissions has received and processed your acceptance form, you will be able to enroll in Paralegal Program courses for the upcoming semester. Paralegal Certificate students who have not already completed the prerequisite courses, LAW 120 and LAW 121, are required to enroll in those courses during their first semester in the program and complete them with a grade of “C” or higher.