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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. Each step below contains links to action items or more detailed explanations, so please review these carefully. 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.

Apply to JCCC

Prospective Paralegal students who have not attended JCCC before (or have not attended JCCC in more than two years) must complete a JCCC application for admission.

During this initial step, select Non-Degree Seeking or Liberal Arts for your major. Please select the Fall 2019 term.

It may take 5 business days for your application to be processed; please email Teresa Leland, Coordinator of Admissions Processing, if you submit a general admission application within 10 days of the posted deadline.

Apply to the Paralegal Program

The online application is typically available in mid-February for Fall semester admission and in mid-September for Spring semester admission. The online application closes at 4 p.m. on the final deadline (July 1 for Fall semester admission; Dec. 1 for Spring semester admission).

Receive Verification of Application

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. Please call the Admissions office at 913-469-8500, Ext. 3438, if you have questions.

Monitor Your Personal Admission Checklist and JCCC Email Account

Your personal admission checklist will be updated periodically as the Admissions office processes application materials.

Access your Personal Admission Checklist and your JCCC email account through your MyJCCC account.

Submit College Transcripts

Official college transcripts are necessary to verify your receipt of a college degree, if applicable, and to ensure you meet the GPA requirements for admission to the program.

Read more about the college transcript requirement.

Read more about the GPA requirement.

It is not necessary to send JCCC transcripts or to request transcripts from previous colleges if JCCC already has them on file.

Enroll in 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 and final GPA.

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.

Complete the Testing Requirement

All applicants to the JCCC Paralegal program must demonstrate a minimum current skill level in both English composition and reading comprehension readiness prior to admission to the program.

Read more about the Testing Requirement.

Meet the 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.

Attend Orientation Session (by invite only)

Applicants must attend one Paralegal Program Orientation Session.

Read more about the orientation sessions.

Sign and Return Invitation to Join the Paralegal Program 

Following the orientation sessions, applicants who have been accepted for admission 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 the Admissions office and the Paralegal program chair.

Enroll in Paralegal Program Courses

Once the Admissions office 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.

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.