Admission Information

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Who can enroll? 
Prospective students must hold at least an Associate's degree in any field, from an accredited institution. In lieu of such degree, students may have completed the equivalent of the lower division, general education units of a bachelor's or associate's program (that is, 63 quarter units, or 42 semester units, of college training, of which 27 quarter units, or 18 semester units must be in general education). Further, to demonstrate the level of writing competency required in the program, students must have completed the equivalent of "freshman composition" with a grade of "C" or better.

Application Process and Academic Advisement 
Prospective students must hold at least an Associate's degree in any field, from an accredited institution. In lieu of such degree, students may have completed the equivalent of the lower division, general education units of a bachelor's program (that is,63 quarter units, or 42 semester units, of college training, of which 27 quarter units, or 18 semester units must be in general education). Further, to demonstrate the level of writing competency required in the program, students must have completed the equivalent of "freshman composition" with a grade of "C" or better.

For applicants who completed their academic requirements outside of the United States, an acceptable TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper-based; or 79-80 internet-based test, must be submitted to demonstrate the applicant's level of proficiency in English satisfactory to the academic level of this program.

Prospective students must file the application for admission and must submit official transcripts with their application to the program that verify their meeting these requirements for admission.

Transfer applicants should note that a maximum of 2 courses (that is, 8 quarter units, or the equivalent of 6 semester units) may be transferred for credit from another ABA-approved paralegal program, with the written approval of the Advisement Coordinator. For purposes of such transfer, however, non-paralegal specific courses, such as Business Law; Constitutional Law; and Criminal Justice, are not eligible for transfer.

Mandatory Advisement for New Students. Students who are accepted to the Paralegal Studies program will receive an e-mail informing them that they have met all the requirements for admission, and that they may begin study in an upcoming quarter. However, before being permitted to register for classes, students must make an appointment for academic advisement. This required advisement appointment is to allow students, in consultation with a program adviser, to complete a Program Plan (available on this website) indicating their anticipated sequence of taking courses. Students whose last names begin A-M may make an advisement appointment with program director,Jeffrey Brandt, at (323) 343-4847; while students whose last names begin N-Z may make advisement appointments with program external coordinator, Lisa Rauhauser, at (310) 384-2742.  A completed program plan is subject to modification with the approval of a program adviser, but such plan must be on file before a student may initially register for classes.