Admissions and Registration

 

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

1. Apply for admission to CPCC.

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. You can find out more about financial aid online by visiting their website at http://www.cpcc.edu/financial_aid/ .

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

2. Sending Transcripts

Please visit this page for details on how to get your transcript on file with the College.

3. Prerequisites for Paralegal Courses:

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.

AAS Degree 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 143 or 152). 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:

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 and that you have completed ENG 111 or its equivalent with a “C” or better.

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 once the Counselor has completed your initial setup.

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 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 CIS 110 Introduction to Computers and one or two other LEX electives if possible.

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.

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) and also assist with setting up your initial schedule. 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. 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.

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.

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

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.

Students may take a combination of traditional, hybrid, and online courses; however, students are required to take at least ten semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.

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