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Paralegal Studies Transfer Policies and Procedures

Irvine Valley College has adopted the following policy to be used when a student requests transfer credit for any legal specialty course taken at another institution.

Any student seeking transfer credit for any legal specialty course taken at another institution must provide the following documentation and information to the paralegal program director (Director):

  1. The name and address of the institution;
  2. A transcript showing the course title, date taken, and grade received;
  3. The course syllabus or a course description from the institution's course catalog, reflecting the description of the course at the time the course was taken; and
  4. Documentation of whether or not the paralegal program at that institution was ABA-approved at the time the course was completed.

Upon receipt of this documentation, the Director shall determine whether or not transfer credit will be given for the course requested. If a determination is made that transfer credit can be given, it is the student's responsibility to complete all paperwork and submit it to the appropriate college office.
In determining whether or not transfer credit can be given, the Director shall take into consideration the following:

  1. Transfer credit shall only be allowed if the legal specialty course complies with all criteria of an equivalent legal specialty course offered in the IVC Paralegal Studies program.
  2. Transfer credit shall only be allowed for a legal specialty course in which the student received a grade of C (2.0) or higher.
  3. Transfer credit shall only be allowed for a legal specialty course which was completed up to seven years prior to the request for transfer credit, depending on the subject matter of the course.
  4. The maximum number of legal specialty credit allowed for transfer shall not exceed nine (9) semester units.
  5. Transfer credit shall not be allowed for any legal specialty course which was taken at an institution that was not ABA-approved at the time that course was taken.

Transfer Legal Specialty Course Verification Process


  1. Students seeking to transfer credit for any legal specialty course taken at another institution must provide documentation to the Program Director as instructed in the Transfer Policy.
  2. The Program Director will make the final decision regarding transfer. 
  3. The student must complete the IVCTransferCourseVerification.docxTransfer Course Verification form. The student and transferring college must verify the delivery method of the instruction and sign the form.
  4. The student returns the signed form to the IVC Admissions and Records department.

Paralegals working in California must comply with the Business and Professions Code § 6450.

Attorneys licensed to practice law supervise Paralegals. Paralegals must be vigilant when working on behalf of clients to avoid the practice of law in violation of California Business and Professions Code §(s) 6125 & 6126 regulating the Unauthorized Practice of law.

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