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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.

Readiness Testing

All applicants to the JCCC Paralegal program must demonstrate English composition and comprehension readiness prior to admission to the program. This may be accomplished in two different ways:

Option 1: Completion of one of the following (jointly referred to as English Qualification Test), with a score that would at the time completed qualify the applicant for placement in ENGL 121 Composition I.) 

  • The ACCUPLACER English test
  • The ACT English Assessment
  • The ACCUPLACER ESL test
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Applicants who have passed ENGL 121 Composition 1 or its equivalent do not need to retake the class, but the applicant must take the ACCUPLACER test if the applicants' ACCUPLACER English test was completed more than three years before your application date or the ESL, TOEFL, or IELTS test was taken within two years of your application date.

Applicants wanting to retest on ACCUPLACER must abide by JCCC Testing Center retest policies. The ACCUPLACER test is offered without cost to JCCC Paralegal program applicants in the JCCC Testing Center in the Student Center. Applicants are encouraged to select Option 1, as it provides a remedial path to entry into the program if the student does not qualify by passing the English Qualification Test.

Option 2: Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Test. Because there are two forms of the test available, Form A and Form B, a student may after failing to achieve a passing score on the first attempt of the test take the other form of the test as soon as the applicant is ready. Applicants that do not initially pass Form A or Form B, must wait three months before taking the test a third time.

Testing Services will forward your test results to the JCCC admissions office.

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). Students will be required to wait three months before taking the test a third time.

Any questions regarding the taking of the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Test should be directed to Testing Services.

Prerequisite Courses

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

  • ENGL 121 Composition I
  • LAW 120 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 
  • LAW 121 Introduction to Law

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. All Paralegal applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

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 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:

  • 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.

All questions concerning the admission process should be directed to admissions.