Getting Started

Step 1 - College Admission and Assessment

Before you can begin the Paralegal program, you must be officially accepted to the college. You must also have completed your entry skills assessment and have had any transcripts reviewed by our transcript office. The admission, assessment, and transcript review process will take time, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time before the start of the quarter (at least 4-6 weeks).

Admission Application

Start at "New Student Enrollment Process" Complete the Online Application for admission if you haven't already done so. Students may apply online at or in person at the admissions counter in Building 7.  Within 5 days, the Admissions Office will mail you a letter acknowledging receipt of your application. You will also be assigned a permanent student ID number. Keep track of this number for assessment, registration, etc.

*Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Contact the Financial Aid office in Building 18 for more information or call 253.566.5080. Financial aid forms must be completed upwards of 3-6 months prior to your expected start date, please apply early.

Skill Level Assessment

Students must place at college level in English and Reading before beginning the Paralegal program. To find out what level of reading, English, and math you are currently at, you will take an Entry Skills Assessment. This assessment is called the "Accuplacer." You can take this assessment at the TCC campus by calling 253.566.5158 for testing dates and times. Picture ID is required and there is an $18.00 fee. Check the online resources available to help you prepare for taking this assessment. The Paralegal program will require you to take courses in math and English, so you will need to make sure you take an assessment in all three areas (Reading, English, and Math)

Testing may be waived if you have completed college-level math and English at another college (bring in your transcripts for review), or if you have taken the Asset, Compass, or CPT assessment test at another college within the past two years.

Step 2 - Transferring Credits from a prior college

You may have already taken some college courses that fulfill all or some degree requirements. Before you are advised by an advisor in the Paralegal program, you must have your transcript review completed.

If you plan to transfer credits from another college to be used to satisfy prerequisites at TCC or intend to apply transfer credits toward a degree or certificate program at TCC, you must provide an official, sealed transcript to the Records and Registration Office, Bldg 7. Credit evaluations usually take 2-4 weeks. You will receive a copy of the evaluation in the mail. If unofficial transcripts were used in the Transcript Review process, official transcripts must be supplied before credit will be evaluated and posted to your TCC record. FAX copies of transcripts are not accepted as official transcripts.  (Official Transcripts must be sent/taken to the Enrollment Services Office, Bldg. 7, 253.566.5037.)

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Policy for Legal Specialty Credit Transfer

Upon a student's admission to Tacoma Community College and enrollment in the Paralegal Program, up to eighteen (18) quarter credits for legal specialty courses earned from another similarly accredited institution may be accepted. To transfer legal specialty credits, students must meet with the program coordinator and submit supporting documentation, including previous transcripts, course descriptions, syllabi, and work product samples when available. Students wishing to transfer credits will then need to register for their first quarter classes and meet with the program coordinator a second time to discuss the student's performance. If in the judgment of the program coordinator the transferring courses(s) are equivalent to TCC's legal specialty courses(s) and the student's performance is adequate, then consideration will be given to waiving courses. Quality is generally viewed more favorably with courses transferred from ABA-approved and AAFPE member institutions as long as content is similar.

Each legal specialty course submitted for consideration of transfer into the TCC Paralegal Program is evaluated by the TCC program coordinator. Determination of transferability is based upon course content, hours of instruction, and the grade earned in the course by the student. Review of college transcripts, course materials, and an oral examination may be required in order to determine whether the student is competent in the area of study and deemed appropriate for transfer of credits.

Step 3 - New Student Orientation

New students are required to attend a one hour orientation to learn about TCC.   If you are transferring from another institution, you are invited to attend an orientation but you are not required to do so. The new student orientation is available online at the Student Services web page at Remember to pick up your orientation packet at the Admissions Office.


Program Advising

There is no formal admission process (meaning you don't have to go through an interview or present us with admission material). However, there are a limited number of seats available in each class. Students must be advised into Paralegal courses. You can make an appointment with the Paralegal Program Chair, Jennifer Sorensen, once you have completed this information session and steps 1-3 to inquire about starting the Paralegal program. You should contact the Chair at the beginning of the quarter before you want to start the program.


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The admission, assessment, and transcript review process can take at least 4-6 weeks, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time before the start of the quarter you wish to begin.



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