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Frequently Asked Questions

Campus(s):Penn Valley: Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator:Gordon Wells, 816.604.4007

  1. How long does it take to earn a certificate or degree?
    It takes two years to get an associate in applied science degree if attending full-time.
  2. How much does the paralegal program cost?
    Type Tuition Cost Total
    Credit hours needed 63-66  
    In-state cost per credit hour** $87  
    Tuition cost   $5,481 - 5,742
    Books & supplies   $
    Total Cost   $

    **Tuition is based on your residency, which must be established before the term starts. For the $87/ in-district rate, you must live in Belton, Blue Springs, Center, Fort Osage, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Independence, Kansas City, Lee's Summit, North Kansas City, Park Hill or Raytown school districts.

    If you live in Missouri outside these districts, the out-of-district rate applies, $156 / If you live outside Missouri, the out-of-state/non-resident applies, $210/cr. hr.

    Find more information about tuition costs online.

  3. Will my credits transfer to other colleges or universities?
    Yes. Most of our credits transfer easily. Check with your advisor or counselor and the transfer institution to make sure.
  4. What does it take to succeed in this work?
    Some of the characteristics needed for this career:
    • Attention to detail.
    • Able to document and present findings and opinions to the supervising attorney.
    • Understand legal terminology and have good research and investigative skills.
    • Know the operation and applications of computers in legal research and litigation support.
    • Stay informed of new developments in the laws that affect your area of practice.
    • Courteous.
    • Uphold the ethical standards of the legal profession.
  5. What are the advantages of taking classes at MCC?
    MCC delivers the most cost-effective career preparation in Kansas City, MO. We are a publicly funded college with quality programs and full accreditation.
    • Our faculty includes working judges, lawyers and paralegals.
    • Our faulty have both expertise in the law and experience working directly with paralegals.
    • We emphasize modern technology: you'll have access to legal library resources as well as computer based research tools such as Westlaw.
    • Our graduates are in demand.
Last Modified: 10/26/15