Admissions Requirements

Because of the professional integration of the paralegal's work with the work of the lawyer, the U.S.Department of Labor found that paralegal responsibilities require general education development that is similar to that of the lawyer, particularly in reasoning, mathematics, and language.

Thus, in order to prepare MCC's professional-level paralegal, acceptance into this certificate program requires either

  • A Bachelor's degree, or
  • An Associate's degree with 18 credit hours in broadly based liberal arts courses.

An individual with a Bachelor’s degree can matriculate directly into the program through the Recommendation Form and it can also be obtained through the MCC Admissions Office or the Law and Criminal Justice Department at the Downtown Campus.

To set up the personal interview, you may email Michael Martella or call him at (585) 685-6141.

The completed Recommendation Form and a copy of your college transcript should be brought to the interview.

As a condition of acceptance into the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program, those with minimal computer experience may be advised to register for CRC 101 Practical Computer Literacy either prior to or concurrently with matriculation in the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. The Paralegal Advisory Board approved MCC's selective admissions criteria. All College assessments must be satisfied prior to acceptance to the Program.