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Program Admission and Retention Policy

Students who wish to be Paralegal Studies Program majors, must apply for admission to the Program. Program application materials are available from the Program Coordinator. Until a student has completed the Program Admission Requirements, below, a student is designated as a Paralegal Program "Intent". Once a student successfully completes Introduction to Paralegalism and Legal Terminology (LEGL 211) and Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis (LEGL 304W), and is admitted to the Program, the Program Coordinator will change the student’s transcripts to state that the student is a Paralegal Studies major.

Students should complete the Application for Admission, and deliver it to the Program Coordinator’s office, once they complete (or are completing) LEGL 211 and LEGL 304W. If a student is completing LEGL 211 and LEGL 304W, the student will be allowed to register for the next series of Program courses as if the student is already a designated Program major. If the student does not achieve the requisite grade in either LEGL 211 or LEGL 304W, the student remains unqualified for admission and must withdraw from any upper level LEGL courses for which the student has registered. The student is welcome to repeat either LEGL 211 or LEGL 304W according to the Program Retention Requirements, below.

Timely application for admission to the Program does not guarantee admission. Likewise, because admission to the Program is competitive, the fact that you have satisfied the criteria set forth in the Admission Policy does not guarantee your admission. A student who is declined admission for any term is free to re-apply for admission in a later term.

Program Admission Requirements

Program admission criteria are:

  • Admission to the University as an undergraduate or second bachelor’s degree candidate;
  • Completion of ENGL 121, Composition II: Researching the Public Experience with a grade of "B" * or higher;
  • Completion of LEGL 211, Introduction to Paralegalism and Legal Terminology with a grade of "B-" or higher;
  • Completion of LEGL 304W, Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis I, with a grade of "C+" or higher; and
  • A cumulative EMU GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale **.

Program Retention Requirements

In addition to Program Admission requirements, Program majors will be required to:

  • Complete each Program core course (e.g., all courses having an LEGL prefix [except LEGL 211 and LEGL 304W – see above], as well as BMMT 220) with a minimum grade of "C";
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; and
  • Maintain a cumulative major GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

A student whose cumulative GPA or cumulative major GPA falls below 2.5 will be placed on Program probation for the next succeeding term. If the student fails to raise his or her cumulative GPA or cumulative major GPA, or both, as the case may be, to 2.5 or higher with the grades earned during the probationary term, the student will be dismissed from the Program. For purposes of this policy, a student who is placed on Program probation as the result of a deficient GPA at the close of a winter term will have until the close of the next fall term to raise his or her GPA to 2.5 or higher. If a student earns lower than a "C" in any Program core course (except LEGL 211 and LEGL 304W – see above), the student will be allowed to repeat the course two times. If the student fails to earn a "C" or better in the repeat course, the student will be dismissed from the Program.

* Students applying for admission to the Program as Second Bachelor’s Degree candidates must present evidence of having completed an acceptable college-level English composition course with a grade of "B" or higher. A remedial English composition or writing course is NOT an acceptable college-level English composition course.

** Transfer students seeking admission to the Program must present evidence of having completed equivalent courses with the minimum required grades, and must also present evidence of having satisfied the minimum GPA requirement

The Program Admission and Retention Policy was effective beginning with the winter 2005 term. These retention grade policies supersede general EMU grade policies for the Paralegal Studies major.