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The University of Hartford Paralegal Studies Programs offers rolling admission and personal assistance with both the application process and your academic development planning. Let us help you figure out how you can earn your degree or certificate, achieve your goals and realize your dreams!

Associate of Science and Certificate

Admission requirements

Prospective A.S. students with 30 or more transferrable credits from other colleges must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges must be sent directly to the Admission Office.

Prospective A.S. students with fewer than 30 transferrable credits from other colleges will be considered for admission based upon their transferrable credits from other colleges with a minimum GPA of 2.0, high school transcripts or GED scores and their professional work experience and/or desire to pursue paralegal education. In addition to having official transcripts sent to the Admission Office, prospective students with fewer than 30 transferrable credits must either provide a professional resume or essay indicating with they want to join the Paralegal Studies Program. If out of high school less than five years, SAT scores must also be provided.

Prospective Certificate students must have a minimum of 60 college credits, 30 of which must be in the liberal arts, and must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

How to apply for admission

  1. Arrange a personal interview with Sharron Dillon, Esq., Program Manager, Paralegal Studies Program at 860.768.5468 or sdillon@hartford.edu so we can better assess your educational goals, better assist you with a preliminary academic development plan, and provide personal assistance with the application process. If you have college transcripts, bring them for an initial evaluation of your transfer credits – and any questions you want to ask us!
  2. Complete and submit your application and the $35 non-refundable application fee to the Admissions Office.
  3. Arrange to have your official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges, or your high school transcripts or GED scores if you have fewer than 30 potentially transferable credits from other colleges, sent directly to the Admissions Office.

Bachelor of Arts

Admission requirements

Prospective B.A. in University Studies with a Paralegal Studies Concentration students must be at least 22 years of age and must have completed a minimum of 30 transferable college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on previous coursework. In general, coursework taken at accredited institutions for which the student earned a minimum grade of C- will transfer. Computer coursework older than five years and some technical coursework will not transfer. Adults who have not accumulated 30 credits are welcome to take courses at the University of Hartford as non-matriculated students until they reach 30 credit hours or they may matriculate into the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program. Upon completion of the 60 credit associate degree, students can seamlessly transfer to the B.A. in University Studies with a Paralegal Studies Concentration to complete their baccalaureate degree. Students may not have been full-time students at the University of Hartford in the two years prior to their application to the B.A. in University Studies with a Paralegal Studies Concentration.

How to apply for admission

  1. Arrange a personal interview with Sharron Dillon, Esq., Program Manager, Paralegal Studies Program at 860.768.5468 or sdillon@hartford.edu so we can better assess your educational goals, better assist you with a preliminary academic development plan, and provide personal assistance with the application process. If you have college transcripts, bring them for an initial evaluation of your transfer credits – and any questions you want to ask us!
  2. Complete and submit your application and the $35 non-refundable application fee to the Admissions Office.
  3. Arrange to have your official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges and high school transcript sent directly to the Admissions Office. High school transcripts are used for federal financial aid requirements only.

Legal Specialty Course Transfer Policy

Students who enter a degree program may transfer legal specialty courses taken at prior institutions, based upon an evaluation by the Program Director. Courses will be accepted if they are from accredited colleges or universities in the United States, are from an ABA-approved paralegal program, and are similar in scope and content to the courses in the Paralegal Studies Program.

The following limits apply to transfer credits of legal specialty courses toward the major or certificate:

  1. Students may apply no more than 19 credits of transferred legal specialty courses toward the required legal specialty courses for the bachelor’s degree.
  2. Students may apply no more than 12 credits of transferred legal specialty courses toward the required legal specialty courses for the associate’s degree.
  3. Students may not transfer any legal specialty courses to the certificate program.

The Paralegal Studies Program does not accept any CLEP or LINCS credit for legal specialty courses.

Note: After matriculation in the associate’s or bachelor’s program, or enrollment in the Paralegal Certificate program, all required Paralegal Studies courses must be taken at the University of Hartford.