You are eligible to apply for the post-baccalaureate certificate program if you have already completed your bachelor’s degree or you if plan to complete your bachelor’s degree before you start the program. The admission process is easy! Here is what we need:
Once we receive all of the above items, your application will be processed and you will receive a response by email, usually within 2 weeks. It is okay to send your transcripts separate from the other application materials. All materials should be sent to:
Your bachelor's degree can be in any discipline, but it must be from an accredited institution. An overall GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is suggested for admission to the program.
A personal interview or letters of recommendation may be requested after an application has been reviewed.
If you have taken paralegal courses at another ABA-approved paralegal program, you may be able to transfer up to 12 semester hours of paralegal courses toward the requirements in our program. The courses need to have been taken no longer than six years prior to the date on which you enroll in our program. When applying, please indicate on your application form that you are requesting transfer credit.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and acceptance is subject to space availability. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in advance of the semester in which they wish to start. An applicant may apply up to one year in advance from the date of intended enrollment. Students seeking financial aid (student loans) are urged to apply as early as possible so that financing aspects are worked out prior to registration. Students may apply to enter the program in the spring (generally mid-January) or fall (generally late August or early September) semesters. The Schaumburg-Online schedule begins only in the fall semester with classes starting in September.
Applicants who disagree with an admission decision may appeal the decision. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the program director within 60 days of the date of the letter that informed the applicant of an admission decision. Appeals are reviewed by the program's appeal committee, which consists of members of the program's administration, faculty and the college Dean.
Please submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. The transcript from the institution issuing the bachelor's degree must indicate the degree was obtained. Applicants are responsible for arranging for the transmittal of all transcripts. If you attended several schools for only a few semester hours, please contact the Paralegal Studies Program to determine if it is necessary to submit transcripts from all of these schools.
Students applying to the program prior to the completion of their bachelor’s degree should submit an official transcript of all academic course work completed to date at the time of application. A final official transcript should then be submitted at the time the degree is posted.
Foreign applicants may have additional requirements including, but not limited to, the need to have their transcripts translated and evaluated by an outside service. For more information on these services, contact World Educational Service at 312-222-0882 or Educational Credential Evaluators at 414-289-3400.
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