Got questions about TCC's Paralegal Program? Read here.
Yes, TCC’s Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association. This means
that TCC’s Paralegal Program has successfully completed a review by American Bar Association’s
Standing Committee on Paralegals & Approval Commission, which conducts an intensive
evaluation of the program, including a review of courses, resources, graduation rates,
and other significant factors
Students attending TCC’s ABA approved Paralegal Program can take confidence that such
programs have been evaluated to ensure they meet superior educational and professional
Students seeking the LLLT Preparation Certificate should take special note that part
of the LLLT education requirement requires obtaining 45 credits at an ABA approved
paralegal program or law school.
For more information about the Paralegal Program, students can contact Paralegal Program
Chair,Jennifer Sorensen. New students should also contact TCC Advising and begin their steps to enrolling
It depends. If the course was taken at another ABA approved program, it will be easier
to transfer those credits towards the TCC Paralegal Program requirements. TCC can
accept up to 18 quarter transfer credits of legal specialty courses, but these courses
must be evaluated by the Program Chair. For questions about specific courses, contact
Program Chair Jennifer Sorensen. Please have or be prepared to provide a copy of the
course syllabus, the title of the text used (if not referenced in the syllabus), and
a copy of your transcript. Legal Specialty Course Transfer Request Form (PDF).
No. Because of the sequencing of courses in the paralegal program (for example: Legal
Research 1/ Legal Research 2 or Civil Procedure 1/ Civil Procedure 2) and their availability,
it is important that students take core paralegal classes when they are offered. Not
every class is offered every quarter so it delays the amount of time it takes a student
to complete the program if they take all of their general education courses first
and then start taking paralegal classes.
An entry code will allow you to bypass the prerequisites. In order to obtain an entry
code you must speak with an advisor. In order to receive an entry code you must indeed
meet or exceed the prerequisite requirements. An entry allows you to register if space
It is highly recommended that students take CU 091 and CU 100 if they have little
to no experience with computers before taking any paralegal courses. The paralegal
courses require students to use computers and the Internet for assignments and communication
with the instructors.
No. The TCC Paralegal Program offers a variety of classes including: web-enhanced
(traditional face-to-face classes), hybrid (60% in class, 40% online), and online
classes. Students must take at least 10 semester credits or the equivalent of legal
specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.
The TCC Paralegal Program offers both day and evening courses for students.
Students may use on-campus computers free of charge. There is a charge for printing.
Visit the Library orInformation Commons, which provide free computers and other support for student.
If the student already has an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree, the student should enroll
in the Paralegal Pro-Certificate program.
It depends on which program the student is enrolled in and whether the student is
full-time or part-time. The full-time Associate of Applied Sciences Degree takes approximately
2 years to complete and the full-time Paralegal Pro-Certificate program takes approximately
1 year to complete.
Our admission process is easy and free. Please visit our Admission Process webpagefor application information, deadlines, financial aid, assessment testing and more.
You need to take an assessment test if you are applying for the AAS degree. These
are commonly called "Accuplacer," "Asset," or "Compass" tests. You can take these
tests at any local college and send the results to TCC. Sorry, tests are not yet available
completely online. For more information, visit: http://www.tacomacc.edu/accuplacer.
Assessment below college level in any of these 3 areas will require that you take
developmental classes to attain college level competency to satisfy this requirement.
Also, these results are a MUST for initial advising purposes. Complete this early
in the enrollment process!
Students may attend TCC full-time or part-time.
Students may enroll any quarter; however students are cautioned that not all courses
are offered every quarter and careful sequencing of classes will prevent unnecessary
delays in completing the program. Therefore, frequent advisor consultations are strongly
There is no formal acceptance process.
Generally, yes. However, for the most accurate assessment of both your eligibility
and amounts of any financial aid, students must contact the Financial Aid Services
Yes. There are a select number of scholarships offered specifically for students in
the Paralegal Program. You can find information about these and other scholarships
at the Financial Aid Services Office. Additionally, scholarship opportunities are
available to the students from outside paralegal associations and groups.
Tuition varies depending on the amount of credits you take, whether you are a resident
or out-of-state resident and more. Please refer to the Tuition pagefor more information. There are costs for tuition, fees, and books.
Yes. PLST 233 is a required 5-credit internship class where students work a minimum
of 132 hours at a law firm, government agency, corporation, etc. The course is taken
towards the end of a student’s program.
The student finds the internship site with the support of the faculty supervisor.
The TCC Paralegal Program has long-standing relationships with local law firms. Students
are provided resources by the Paralegal Program Chair and Paralegal Program Canvas
Students should begin looking for an internship at least 1 quarter before the internship
begins or earlier if possible.
Students can find detailed information about the internship, requirements, and eligibility
by reviewing the Student Internship Manual and the Agency Internship Manual. Both
of these documents are provided on the Paralegal Program Canvas website.
Adopted by the Washington Supreme Court in an effort to address the growing access
to justice needs of Washington citizens, the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT)
Rule, became effective Sept. 1, 2012 and authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain
educational requirements to advise and assist clients in approved practice areas of
Yes. The LLLT Core Curriculum required by the WSBA is built into the AAS degree, the
Pro-Certificate, and the LLLT Preparation Certificate. Please contact Program Chair,
Jennifer Sorensen for more information.
All applicants for licensure as an LLLT must meet certain education requirements,
take and pass LLLT examinations, and complete 3,000 hours of substantive legal work.
Students can visit http://www.wsba.org/LLLT for more information.
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TCC offers several degrees and certificates in the legal profession.