PCCE™ QUALIFICATIONS

Requirements to Sit for the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE)

  • Bachelor's degree in any subject, plus a paralegal certificate; no experience or CLE required; or
  • Bachelor's degree in paralegal studies; no experience or CLE required; or
  • Bachelor's degree in any subject, no paralegal certificate; 6 months of experience and 1 hour of ethics taken in the year preceding the exam application date; or
  • Associate's degree in paralegal studies; no experience or CLE required; or
  • Associate's degree in any subject, no paralegal certificate; 1 year of experience and 6 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics taken in the year preceding the exam application date; or
  • Active duty, retired or former military personnel qualified in a military operation specialty as a paralegal and 1.0 hour of Ethics CLE within the year preceding the exam application; or
  • Candidates who are within two months of graduating and registered for the PCC Exam by a Director of a paralegal studies program participating in the PCCE Assurance of Learning (AoL) Program at the Partner level; or
  • Paralegal certificate from a program that meets or exceeds the requirements set forth in NFPA's Short Term Paralegal Program Position Statement; 1 year of experience and 6 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics, taken in the year preceding the exam application date; or
  • High school diploma or GED; 5 years of experience and 12 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics, taken within the 2 years preceding the exam application date.