Paralegal Studies Degree and Program Requirements
Students who do not already possess an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university must complete an associate degree (60 units) to receive the certificate of achievement. Students who are degree and certificate of achievement candidates are required to attend a paralegal studies orientation or counseling session. Students must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher in each paralegal studies course.
Paralegal studies coursework taken at other institutions in an ABA-approved program will qualify for no more than nine (9) units of transfer credit in legal specialty courses within the paralegal studies certificate program, with approval by the Paralegal Studies Department. Upon completion of the degree program, students will be awarded an Associate in Science degree in Paralegal Studies and a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies.
Students possessing a transferable associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with official transcripts on file at Irvine Valley College, will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies upon completion of the required courses. The IVC Paralegal Program will ensure that all Paralegal students take at least ten (10) semester units OR the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.