• Legal Specialty Credit Transfer Policy

    Postbaccalaurete Students

    The Legal Studies Department Chair must approve all credit transfers toward the paralegal certificate, except for those transferred from Inver Hills Community College (IHCC) and North Hennepin Community College (NHCC), ABA-approved programs with whom Hamline has articulation agreements.

    Students must complete at least 16 credits toward the paralegal certificate at Hamline, including the four credit LGST 5900 Practicum course. LGST 5900 must be taken at Hamline to complete the program.

    Students must have earned a grade of C- or better for credits to be considered for transfer.

    The 16 credits taken at Hamline can be any combination of Legal Specialty and Law-Related courses. However, students must complete at least 18 legal specialty credits. Students may combine Hamline credits with those transferred in from another ABA-approved program.

    Students may not transfer in more than 16 credits of legal specialty coursework.

    Process

    To transfer credits in, students must complete a Post Baccalaureate Course Substitution Form and return it to the Assistant Paralegal Program Director.

    Where students have not been admitted to the program, to transfer credits from IHCC and NHCC, students must submit an official copy of their transcript (if Hamline does not have it on file), together with the course substitution form.

    The Department Chair will consider credits as either law-related or legal specialty credits on a case-by-case basis where credits have been earned at a program not approved by the ABA or at an ABA-Approved Program with whom we do not have an existing articulation agreement. Courses for possible transfer must be comparable to the course work offered in Hamline’s paralegal program, as well as meet course objectives and practical skills to be developed in Hamline’s course. In deciding whether to accept such credits, the Chair will review the following items: course instructor (a paralegal, lawyer or non-lawyer), textbook used, and practical assignments completed. Students must provide all such information when requesting transfer credits; Hamline is not responsible for gathering relevant documents and the Chair will not approve transfer credits without proper supporting documents. Upon satisfactory review, the Chair will approve all transfer credits in writing.

    Undergraduate Students

    In addition to the Hamline University Transfer of Credit Policies outlined in the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin, there are specific policies governing the transfer of legal specialty credits toward the paralegal certificate for undergraduate students, as follows:

    The Legal Studies Department Chair must approve all credit transfers toward the paralegal certificate, except for those transferred from Inver Hills Community College (IHCC) and North Hennepin Community College (NHCC), ABA-approved programs with whom Hamline has articulation agreements.

    Students must complete at least 16 credits toward the paralegal certificate at Hamline including the four credit LGST 5900 Practicum course. LGST 5900 must be taken at Hamline University to complete the program.

    The 16 credits taken at Hamline can be any combination of Legal Specialty and Law-Related courses. However, students must complete at least 18 legal specialty credits which students may be earned through a by combination of Hamline credits and those credits transferred from another program which have been transferred in pursuant to the Undergraduate Legal Specialty Credit Transfer Policy noted above.

    Students must take LGST 5900 at Hamline to complete the program.

    Students must earn a grade of C- or better for credits to be considered for transfer.

    Process

    Undergraduate credits transfer in to Hamline through the process outlined in the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

    While credits may transfer to Hamline to fulfill Hamline Plan requirements and one of the majors in order to receive a Bachelors degree, there are specific procedures governing the approval and transfer of legal specialty credits toward the paralegal certificate. The Chair will consider credits as either law-related or legal specialty credits on a case-by-case basis where those credits have been earned at a program not approved by the ABA or at an ABA-Approved Program with whom we do not have an existing articulation agreement. Courses for possible transfer must be comparable to the course work offered in the course offered by Hamline’s paralegal program, as well as meet course objectives and practical skills to be developed in the course. In deciding whether to accept such credits, the Chair will review the following items: course instructor (a paralegal, lawyer or non-lawyer), textbook used, and practical assignments completed. Students must provide all such information when requesting transfer credits; Hamline is not responsible for gathering relevant documents and the Chair will not approve transfer credits without proper supporting documents. Upon satisfactory review, the Chair will approve all transfer credits in writing.