Transfer Policy



Transferring In

This policy is intended to govern the transfer of legal specialty courses taken at other colleges to earn credit for legal specialty courses required to earn an Associate Degree or Paralegal Certificate from Middlesex Community College (MCC).

Academic, Career and Transfer Office

The Academic, Career and Transfer Office at MCC must receive an official transcript from the college where the credits have been earned.

The Academic, Career and Transfer Office at MCC then determines whether the college is an accredited institution and whether the student earned a C or better in the legal specialty course. If so, the Academic, Career and Transfer Office forwards a copy of the transcript to the Paralegal Program Coordinator for further review.

Paralegal Program Office

The Paralegal Program Coordinator requests that the student provide the Program with a copy of the course description from the college catalog as well as the syllabus for any legal specialty course desiring transfer credit.

Upon receipt of the requested material, the Paralegal Coordinator reviews the course description and the syllabus to ensure that the course is similar to that offered at MCC and meets the American Bar Association’s requirements for a legal specialty course. To be considered a legal specialty course by the ABA, the course must:

  1. Cover a specific area of law, procedure, or the legal process
  2. Be developed for legal assistants
  3. Emphasize legal assistant skills, forms, documents, procedures, and legal principles and theories
  4. Be pertinent to the legal assistant’s performance on the job

 Restrictions

  • Legal Research & Writing II must be taken at MCC
  • Transfer credit will not be given for more than two legal specialty courses to satisfy the paralegal elective requirements at MCC. However, a student may receive transfer credit for a legal specialty course taken at another college to meet the “free elective” requirement under the Associate Degree-Career Option.
  • No credit will be given for legal specialty courses taken more than six years prior to student’s completion of the program requirements.
  • Credits will only be given  for paralegal internships taken through MCC

Legal specialty courses will be reviewed by the Director of the Paralegal Program who will compare the content of the course to make sure that it meets ABA standards.

Transfer credit will be given for no more than two legal specialty courses (6 credits) to satisfy requirements for an Associate Degree or a Certificate. Transfer credit will not be accepted for the Paralegal Internship course, PAR 199.

The policies and procedures will be published on the Paralegal Department webpage, in the paralegal brochure, and in the next college catalog.

 

Transferring Out

Transfer Suggestions for Paralegal Majors

 

Under the MassTransfer policy, paralegal students who complete their associate degree and the MassTransfer requirements qualify for admission to public colleges and universities as outlined below.

Graduates from this community college program who meet the requirements of the MassTransfer Agreement:

Will be admitted into (subject to the restrictions noted):

Community
College

Program

State
College/UMass

Program

 

Middlesex

Paralegal Studies - MassTransfer option

Bridgewater

School of Arts & Sciences/School of Business

 

 

 

Middlesex

Paralegal Studies - MassTransfer option

MCLA

Any B.A. or B.S. degree program

 

 

 

Middlesex

Paralegal Studies - MassTransfer option

UMass Amherst

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

 

 

 

Middlesex

Paralegal Studies - MassTransfer option

UMass Dartmouth

All liberal arts majors except mathematics

 

Note:

Paralegal Studies Transfer Track program only.

 

 

 

Middlesex

Paralegal Studies - MassTransfer option

UMass Lowell

College of Arts and Sciences/Humanities

 

Note:

Not all programs can accommodate all credits. Consult with a Transfer Counselor.

 

Last Modified: 6/2/13