Admissions and Registration

1. Apply for admission to CPCC. See:  https://www.cpcc.edu/getstarted.

If you have never attended Central Piedmont Community College before, you will need to complete an application for admission. You can obtain an application for admissions at any CPCC campus, download it and submit an application at any campus, or complete an application online at http://www1.cpcc.edu/admissions/admissions. Applications that are not completed online or turned into a CPCC campus should be mailed to: CPCC, Admissions Office, Post Office Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235. 

Financial Aid

If you are going to be applying for financial aid, apply as soon as possible. Call the financial aid office at 704.330-6942 or 6710 for more details.  You can find out more about financial aid online by visiting their website at http://www.cpcc.edu/financial_aid/ .

 
Note:  It can take weeks to process finacial aid, so start this as early as possible!

2. Sending Transcripts

High School Diploma or GEDs

Request that your high school send an official copy of your high school transcript or diploma, or the equivalent, directly to CPCC's Records Department. YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENROLL IN THE PARALEGAL PROGRAM UNTIL YOUR HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT (OR EQUIVALENT) IS ON FILE AT CPCC. Send to: CPCC, Records Department, Post Office Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235.

Once you have confirmed that your paperwork has been recieved by CPCC through the records department you will need to have it evaluated. Complete and submit a Request for Transcript Evaluation form at student records on campus at eh record's department, or online at https://eforms.cpcc.edu:19443/acroformtemplate.pdf?reqtype=fetch&DevCreFrameV1_0=no&initialrequest=true&docclass.id=985daa4d-99a5-490d-9d1a-96f1c59e9127. You may also want to visit the Student Records website at https://www.cpcc.edu/admissions/student-records.

A. If you have a bachelor's degree or higher, you need to request that an official copy of your bachelors degree be sent directly to CPCC Records Department:  CPCC, Records Department, Post Office Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235. (An official transcript is a sealed transcript that is sent directly from your college to CPCC. A transcript that has been opened will not meet this requirement). You will also need to complete and submit the Request for Transcript Evaluation form at https://eforms.cpcc.edu:19443/acroformtemplate.pdf?reqtype=fetch&DevCreFrameV1_0=no&initialrequest=true&docclass.id=985daa4d-99a5-490d-9d1a-96f1c59e9127.

You will not be able to enroll in the paralegal diploma program or meet the prerequisite for registering for LEX courses until your official transcripts are on file at CPCC. YOU ALSO WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER FOR ANY LEX COURSES. Please allow plenty of time for your undergraduate institution to process your request and for CPCC to process receipt of your transcript. This process can take anywhere from several weeks to several months depending on the time of year you make the request.

Once you have verified that your transcripts are on file with CPCC Records Department (704.330.6625), you will need to request that it be evaluated for transfer credit by a transcript analyst (see number 4A(4) below).

B. If you do not have a bachelor's degree, you need to request that your High School send a copy of your high school transcript or diploma, or the equivalent of a high school transcript, directly to CPCC Records Department. YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENROLL IN THE PARALEGAL PROGRAM UNTIL YOUR HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT (OR EQUIVALENT) IS ON FILE AT CPCC.

If you have taken classes at another college but have not obtained a bachelors degree, you will need to request that those transcripts be sent directly to CPCC Records Department. Once you have verified with the Records Department (704.330.6625) that those transcripts have arrived, you will need to request that they be evaluated by the transcript analyst (see number 4B(5) below).
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3. Prerequisites for Paralegal Courses:

A. If your bachelors degree is on file with CPCC, you have met the prerequisite for all LEX courses and you may proceed directly to Step #4 below.

If you do not have a bachelors degree, the prerequisites for paralegal program courses are as follows:

LEX courses: You must have a C or better in ENG 111 (or its equivalent) before you can register for any LEX courses. If you took ENG 111 (or its equivalent) at another school, you will need to have that school send your transcript to CPCC’s Student Records department (see #2 above).

Math courses: You must score a minimum score on a Math placement test in order to register for the required Math course in this Program (MAT 115, 140, or 161). If you score below the minimum score, you will be required to take a remedial Math course(s) before you can register for one of the required Math courses.

You may take these tests in the testing center at any CPCC Campus. For more information on testing center locations, hours, procedures, or content of the placement tests, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/testing_assessment/. For testing center hours at the Cato Campus, please call 704.330.4841.

4. Enrollment in the Program: Speak with a CPCC Counselor:

NOTE: Please do not attempt to meet with a Counselor if you have not properly followed steps 1-3 above. A Counselor will not be able to adequately assist you with enrolling in the Paralegal Program if you have not followed the steps outlined above prior to your meeting with him or her.

You will need to speak with a CPCC Counselor at any CPCC Campus. The phone number for the Counseling Department on the Cato Campus is 704.330.4801 and on the Central Campus is 704.330.5013 or 704.330.6433. Counselors typically see students on a drop-in basis only (no appointments) and during registration, students are seen “first come, first served.” For more information, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/

You will need to tell the Counselor that you would like to enroll in the Paralegal Program. If you have a bachelors degree (or higher), you will be enrolling in the Paralegal Technology Diploma Program (D25380). If you do not have a bachelors degree, you will be enrolling in the Paralegal Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree Program (A25380).

A. If you are enrolling in the Paralegal Technology Diploma Program (D25380):
The Counselor will need to verify that an official copy of your undergraduate transcript is on file with CPCC (you should verify that prior to your meeting with the Counselor, 704.330.6625).

The Counselor will enroll you in the Paralegal Technology Diploma Program (D25380).

The Counselor will assign you a faculty advisor. This advisor will be a full-time Paralegal Program faculty member, who is available to assist you with Program questions from the time you are enrolled and eligible to register for LEX courses until you graduate from the Program.

The Counselor will assist you in requesting that your undergraduate transcript be evaluated to determine if you will obtain any transfer credit. YOU WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY BE GIVEN TRANSFER CREDIT. YOU MUST FORMALLY REQUEST THAT YOUR TRANSCRIPT BE EVALUATED IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED SOME OF THE REQUIRED COURSES IN THIS PROGRAM AT ANOTHER SCHOOL. To contact the department responsible for evaluating your transcript to determine transfer credit, please call 704.330.6778. Please be sure to give your social security number when making your request for a transcript evaluation.

NOTE: Many students are able to receive transfer credit for such courses as social science elective, public speaking, or introduction to computers. If you are interested in receiving transfer credit for LEX courses, you must contact your faculty advisor. These requests are handled on a case by case basis, and are rarely granted.

The Counselor will assist you in determining which classes to register for your first semester. After your first semester, your faculty advisor (see #3 above) will assist you with the order in which you should take your classes. If you follow the “Suggested Course Sequence” for the Paralegal Technology Diploma Program which can be downloaded from the Paralegal website you should register for LEX 110, 120 & 140 your first semester in the Program, if possible. In addition, you should take OST 131 (Keyboarding) and one or two other LEX electives if possible.

If, at this point, you are having difficulty registering for an LEX course, please make sure you have completed every step outlined above correctly and completely. If you have done so, and the Counselor is unable to correct the problem, you may contact the Paralegal Program for assistance at 704.330.4857 or 704.330.4811.

B. If you are enrolling in the Paralegal Technology Associate Applied Science Degree Program (A25380):

The Counselor will need to verify that your high school diploma, or its equivalent, is on file with CPCC (You should verify that prior to your meeting with the Counselor, 704.330.6625).

The Counselor will verify that you have completed ENG 111 with a minimum grade of a C and are therefore ready to register for LEX courses. The counselor will also review your math placement test score and tell you whether you are eligible to register for the college level math required for the paralegal degree or whether you need to take a prerequisite math course.

The Counselor will enroll you in the Paralegal Technology AAS Program (A25380). The Counselor will assign you a faculty advisor. This advisor will be a full-time Paralegal Program faculty member, who is available to assist you with Program questions from the time you are enrolled and eligible to register for LEX courses until you graduate from the Program.

The Counselor will assist you in requesting that any college transcripts (if you have any, and they were sent to CPCC) be evaluated to determine if you will obtain any transfer credit. YOU WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY BE GIVEN TRANSFER CREDIT. YOU MUST FORMALLY REQUEST THAT YOUR TRANSCRIPT BE EVALUATED IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED SOME OF THE REQUIRED COURSES IN THIS PROGRAM AT ANOTHER SCHOOL.  To reach the department responsible for evaluating your transcript to determine transfer credit, Please call 704.330.6778. Please be sure to give your social security number when making your request for a transcript evaluation.

NOTE: Many students are able to receive transfer credit for such courses as Math, English, social science or humanities electives, public speaking, or introduction to computers. If you are interested in receiving transfer credit for LEX courses, you must contact your faculty advisor. These requests are handled on a case by case basis, and are rarely granted.
 

The Counselor will assist you in determining which classes to register for your first semester. After your first semester, your faculty advisor (see #4 above) will assist you with the order in which you should take your classes. If you follow the “Suggested Course Sequence” for the Paralegal Technology AAS Program which can be downloaded from the Paralegal website. You should register for LEX 110, 120 & 140 your first semester in the Program, if possible.
 

If, at this point, you are having difficulty registering for an LEX course, please make sure you have completed every step outlined above correctly and completely. If you have done so, and the Counselor is unable to correct the problem, you may contact the Paralegal Program for assistance at 704.330.4857 or 704.330.4811.

5. Register for Classes

You are now ready to register for classes. You can view the semester schedule when it is available online at http://schedule.cpcc.edu/myschedule/.

You must register for classes yourself, no one else can register for you. The available dates to register for classes each semester are available online at http://www.cpcc.edu/admissions/registration.

You can register for classes:

1) In-person at any CPCC Campus:
2) Online at http://www.cpcc.edu/admissions/registration
3) By telephone at 704.330.6970.

For more information on registration please visit the Registration website at http://www.cpcc.edu/admissions/Registration/default.htm.

Notes:
* This information is subject to change at any time. Please check the CPCC website at www.cpcc.edu for updated information regarding admissions, registration, financial aid, counseling, and testing procedures.

** If you have a bachelors degree or higher from an institution outside of the United States on file with CPCC, you are not automatically eligible to enroll in the Paralegal Technology Diploma Program. Prior to enrolling in either of the Paralegal Program Degree options, you will need to contact someone in the International Programs and Services Department (704.330.6172) and meet the English proficiency requirements of that Department. In addition, you will need to show that you have taken college level English (equivalent of ENG 111) in order to be eligible for enrollment in the Paralegal Technology Diploma Program. YOU MUST HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE PARALEGAL PROGRAM CHAIR (704-330-4857) BEFORE ENROLLING IN THE PARALEGAL TECHNOLOGY DIPLOMA PROGRAM. If you have not taken ENG 111 (or its equivalent), you will not be eligible for enrollment in the Paralegal Technology AAS Degree Program and must take the Placement tests as outlined above.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.