Credits earned through Transfer, Exam or Portfolio
The Clark College Credential Evaluations Office awards credit through transfer of legal specialty courses within the Clark College Paralegal Program, that is, all courses designated as Paralegal (PLRE), with the approval by the Paralegal Program Director or other qualified faculty member to ensure that the credit can be classified as legal specialty under the American Bar Association (ABA) Guidelines for Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, and to ensure that such credits meets the course objectives and practical skills to be developed for the course for which credit is being awarded, and to ensure that such credits are comparable to course work offered within the program.
Minimum In-residence Credits for Paralegal Program
The Catalog states the Clark has no limit on the number of any credits earned through transfer, exam or portfolio. Clark College allows students to transfer credits towards meeting degree or certificate program requirements. While there is no restriction on the number of general transfer credits allowed, however, students must meet the minimum fifteen (15) in-residence legal specialty credits at Clark College for their specific Paralegal program requirements. Thus, a student transferring legal specialty credits may not rely solely on transfer credits to satisfy his/her requirements.
Indeed, for the Associate Degree, out of the thirty (30) credits minimum that must be completed at Clark College to meet Academic Residency, fifteen (15) quarter credits of legal specialty courses must be completed at Clark College and also completed through traditional classroom instruction. For the Certificate of Proficiency, out of the fifteen (15) credits minimum that must be complete at Clark College to meet Academic Residency, fifteen (15) quarter credits of legal specialty courses must be completed at Clark College and also completed through traditional classroom instruction. Thus, such fifteen (15) credits may not be achieved through alternative instructions, such as eLearning or similar method.