Memorandum of Degree Completion Agreement Between McHenry County College (MCC) and the  College of Applied Social Sciences at Dominican University (DU) in Legal Studies

Introduction

This Degree Completion Agreement is simultaneously entered into by MCC and DU in order to create a smooth and seamless process by which eligible MCC students will ultimately be able to complete a Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree in Legal Studies at DU.  This agreement requires the completion of an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies at MCC.

As part of this Degree Completion Agreement, DU will automatically accept, in its entirety, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies earned at MCC. Completing the aforementioned Associate of Applied Science degree at MCC is required for students to enter DU under the terms of this agreement. The Legal Studies major has seven (7) concentrations in the following areas: Criminal Justice, Disability Advocacy, Labor Relations, Law and Social Justice, Paralegal Studies, Public Administration, and Sustainability Studies.  MCC students may consider up to two (2) concentrations in their pursuit of this bachelor’s degree. 

Participating MCC students may contact the Director of Transfer and Adult Admission for more specific information concerning the degree requirements. The duly appointed representatives from the aforementioned parties will also govern all policies and procedures of this Degree Completion Agreement.

Student Eligibility

Students may apply to DU at any time during their attendance at MCC; it is recommended that students apply for admission to DU at least one semester prior to completing the AAS degree at MCC. Students must meet all applicable admission requirements at DU to remain eligible for this degree completion program; a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0 is required for admission. Students’ eligibility for continued study at either MCC or DU will be governed by each institution’s policies on enrollment of probationary, dismissed, and re-entering students.

At any time before the completion of the aforementioned Associate of Applied Science degree at MCC, students may officially rescind the stipulations of the Degree Completion Agreement and transfer to DU, or any other institution of higher education, under the usual procedures.

Student Enrollment

Under this agreement, a student is exclusively enrolled at DU once the student has completed the aforementioned Associate of Applied Science degree at MCC and has been accepted to DU via the admission criteria above. After matriculation at DU, the student’s subsequent progress toward the bachelor’s degree is governed solely by DU’s academic standards. MCC students must request a final, official transcript to be sent to DU after completing the aforementioned Associate of Applied Science degree at MCC for final verification.

Residency Requirement

DU will accept a maximum of sixty-eight (68) semester hours from a community college specifically towards a bachelor’s degree.  If a student exceeds sixty-eight (68) hours, DU will accept the most useful courses from the official transcript, not to exceed sixty-eight (68) semester hours towards the 120 minimum hours required for the bachelor’s degree.

Correspondence and Advising

The College of Applied Social Sciences at DU will provide participating students with the advising materials, including model plans of recommended study and coursework specific to the Legal Studies major at DU. The articulated coursework in the addendum of this Degree Completion Agreement will be reviewed and updated annually. The Director of Transfer and Adult Admission at DU will inform MCC of any changes to the Legal Studies core or major curricula that may affect the integrity of this agreement. Moreover, MCC will also inform DU of curricular changes that would alter the nature of this agreement.

Addendum

Program Requirements

The details of this agreement between the Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies at MCC and the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Legal Studies at DU are as follows:

BPS in Legal Studies

Upon completion of the aforementioned degree program at MCC, a maximum of sixty-eight (68) semester hours of credit could transfer from MCC to DU. The sixty-three (63) hours of the Paralegal Studies degree at MCC will be applied to the total hours required for the Legal Studies degree at DU. Thus, students would need to complete thirty (30) additional hours specifically in the Legal Studies core and major at DU, and a minimum total of fifty-seven (57) hours for the bachelor’s degree. 

Suggested Curriculum for the Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies at MCC in conjunction with the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Legal Studies at DU. DU requirements marked with an asterisk (*) may also be completed at MCC as long as the student does not exceed sixty-eight (68) hours in transfer.

Students take at McHenry County College
Students take at Dominican University
General Education General Education & Proficiency
ENG 151 and ENG 152 (6) Equiv. EN 101 and EN 102 (Composition I and II)
PHIL 251 Introduction to Ethics (3) Fulfills Humanities Requirement
MAT 120 General Education Statistics (3) or MAT 150 Elements of Math or higher Fulfills Math Requirement
PLT 151 US Government and

PLT 155 State and Local Government (6)

Fulfills Entire Social Science Requirement
SPE 151 Introduction to Speech (3) Counts as General Elective Credit
  SPCS 302 Topics in the Natural Science or other Natural Science course (6)*
  SPCS 303 Topics in the Humanities or other Humanities course (3)*
  SPCS 306 Adult Spiritual Life & Growth or other Theology course (3)
  Total: 21      Total: 12
Required Paralegal Studies Courses Major Requirements
CDM 110 Computer Literacy (3) General Elective credit
CJS 115 Criminal Law (3) LS 351 Criminal Law and Procedure
PAR 101 Intro to Paralegal Studies (3) LS 306 Basic Legal Training
PAR 102 Legal Research and Writing (3) LS 301 Legal Research and Writing
PAR 103 Civil Litigation and Discovery (3) LS 352 Civil Litigation
PAR 110 Law Office Technology (3) LS 303 Law Office Technology
PAR 120 Torts and Insurance Law (3) Legal Studies Elective
PAR 121 Contract Law (3) LS 325 Contracts
PAR 122 Real Property Law (3) LS 355 Real Estate Law
PAR 123 Family Law (3) LS 353 Family Law
PAR 124 Intellectual Property Law (3) or

BUS 241 Legal Environment of Business

Legal Studies Elective
PAR 125 Estate Planning and Probate Law (3) LS 354 Estate Planning
PAR 255 Internship (6) LS 499 Legal Studies Internship by Portfolio
  SPCS 200 Adult Learning Seminar (3)
  LS 300 The American Legal System (3)
  LS 320 Religion and the Law (3)
  LS 321 Law and Economics (3)
  LS 322 Philosophical Basis of the Law (3)
  LS 400 Legal Ethics (3)
Total: 42 Total: 18
  Legal Studies Electives
  Completely satisfied by required courses in AAS
   
  General electives
  Any additional courses numbered 100 or higher (27)
  Total: 27
Total: 63 Total: 57
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ACCELERATED DEGREE OPTIONS

Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution

High-achieving undergraduates can apply for the Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (MMCR) accelerated degree option. Students admitted to this option can enroll in MMCR courses before completing the baccalaureate degree and have up to nine (9) MMCR credit hours apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additional information is available through the College of Applied Social Sciences (CASS) advising office.

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