Legal Specialty Course Transfer and Credit by Exam Departmental Procedures

  1. Definitions

    1. "Accredited institution" shall mean a post-secondary school or other institution accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the credits from which are acceptable by Seminole State College (hereinafter "Seminole State") as a transfer to Seminole State from the institution. In the event of any difference, dispute or conflict between the said recognition by the U.S. Department of Education and Seminole State as to that which is an accredited institution, the interpretation and decision of Seminole State shall control.
    2. Unless otherwise indicated expressly, contextually, or impliedly, the word "transfer" shall mean the application of credits or courses toward Seminole State's Associate in Science degree program in Legal Assisting/Paralegal, when credits or courses were taken or earned at a post-secondary school or institution other than Seminole State.
    3. Unless otherwise indicated expressly, contextually, or impliedly, the terms "Legal Studies Program" and "Legal Studies degree" shall mean Seminole State's Associate in Science degree in Legal Assisting/Paralegal.
    4. The term "Program Manager" shall mean the Program Manager of Seminole State's Legal Studies Program at the time a student seeks to transfer courses or credits from a post-secondary school or institution to Seminole State.
    5. The term "Legal Specialty Course" shall mean any of the following courses offered by Seminole State as well as any other course subsequently adopted as part of the Legal Studies Program curriculum which meet the definition of a Legal Specialty Course as enunciated from time to time under the Guidelines of the ABA. Said Legal Specialty Courses are: PLA1104 (Legal Research and Writing I); PLA2114 (Legal Research and Writing II); PLA2203 (Civil Litigations Procedures I); PLA2273 (Torts); PLA2610 (Real Property Law); PLA2700 (Professional Responsibility); PLA2800 (Family Law); PLA2949, PLA2941, PLA2942 and PLA2944 (Cooperative Education Internship(s) in Legal Assisting); PLA2223 (Civil Litigation Procedures II); PLA2203 (Criminal Litigation); PLA2483 (Administrative Law); PLA2600 (Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration); PLA2612 (Real Estate Law and Property Transactions II); and PLA2930 (Selected Studies in Law).**

      **To the extent that the course work of any particular Selected Studies offering for a semester meets the requirements of ABA Guideline G-302(c)(3)(I)(1), then that particular Selected Studies offering shall be deemed a Legal Specialty Course. If such particular Selected Studies offering shall not meet all of said requirements of said ABA Guideline, then such particular Selected Studies offering shall not be deemed a Legal Specialty Course.
    6. The terms "Guidelines," "Guidelines of the ABA," and "ABA Guidelines" shall mean the Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs promulgated, established and published by the American Bar Association, as amended from time to time.
    7. The term "ABA approved program" means a formal, post-secondary paralegal education program that been approved by the American Bar Association under the Guidelines and continues to be an ABA approved program at the time a student seeks to transfer courses/credits from that program to the Legal Studies Program at Seminole State.
    8. With respect to courses/credits completed at another institution and which the student seeks to have applied to take the place of any Legal Specialty Course, the terms "transfer to Legal Studies Program," "transfer to the Legal Studies degree," "apply to Legal Specialty Courses," "apply to the Legal Studies degree," and other similar terms shall mean that the courses/credits have been accepted for transfer to Seminole State under its general policies and procedures, and, under these Legal Studies Program procedures, apply to the Legal Studies courses and the Legal Studies degree.
  2. Included/Excluded Transfer Course Work

    As to all college course work sought to be transferred from another institution to Seminole State and which course work is inapplicable to the Legal Specialty Courses and the Legal Studies degree, except for the determination that such course work is inapplicable to the Legal Specialty Courses, the within policies and procedures of the Legal Studies Program shall have no impact on whether Seminole State itself accepts the transfer thereof for purposes other than applying them to the Legal Specialty Courses and Legal Studies degree. As to such course work, the general transfer policies and procedures of Seminole State shall apply and govern.
  3. Transfer of Legal Specialty Courses From Accredited Institution and ABA Approved Program To Seminole State Legal Studies Degree

    1. In the event a student desires to transfer Legal Specialty Courses/credits from another institution to the Legal Studies degree, and such student and courses/credits meet all of the requirements set forth below, then, subject to Seminole State's "time-in-residence" policies and procedures, such courses/credits shall be transferred to the Legal Studies degree, so long as Seminole State itself has generally accepted such courses/credits for transfer.
    2. Requirements

      1. The institution from which said courses/credits are sought to be transferred shall be an accredited institution and shall have been an accredited institution at the time the student completed such courses/credits.
      2. Each course/credit sought by the student to be transferred to the Legal Studies degree shall have been completed by the student with a grade of "C" or better, or the equivalent thereof as determined by Seminole State in its sole and absolute discretion.
      3. If the institution from which such courses/credits are sought to be transferred utilized Florida's Common Course Numbering System at the time the student completed said courses/credits, and in the further event that the course numbers thereof match the course numbers of the required and elective Legal Specialty Courses, then such courses/credits as shall match said course numbers shall be transferred to the Legal Studies degree, and shall take the place of the required or elective Legal Specialty Courses, as the case may be under the then current Legal Studies Program curriculum.
      4. With respect to any such courses/credits sought to be transferred to the Legal Studies degree that shall not be numbered in accordance with Florida's Common Course Numbering System, or should any of same not match the course numbers of the required and elective Legal Specialty Courses, then the Program Manager shall determine, in his sole and absolute discretion, whether any of said courses/credits shall transfer to the Legal Studies degree and whether the transfers thereof, if any, shall be as one or more required Legal Specialty Courses, and/or as one or two elective Legal Specialty Courses. Concerning said courses/credits sought to be transferred, in making such determination the Program Manager may, but shall not be required to, review the course syllabus, textbook, catalog description and such other documentation as the Program Manager shall request. It shall be the complete responsibility of the student to provide all such requested materials promptly. The Program Manager's determinations in this regard shall be final and non-reviewable.
  4. Non-accredited Institution

    No courses/credits shall be transferred to the Legal Studies Degree in the event that at the time the student completed such courses/credits, the institution from which those courses/credits are sought to be transferred was a non-accredited institution.
  5. Credit By Exam or Portfolio

    No student shall be awarded or permitted to earn more than six (6) semester hours toward the Legal Specialty Courses by credit by exam (sometimes known as "CLEP") or portfolio. Further, credit by exam or portfolio shall not be available to any student with respect to PLA1104, PLA2114 or PLA2203.

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