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The Montgomery College Chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) is a national honor society in paralegal/legal assistant studies. LEX recognizes persons who have demonstrated superior academic performance in an established program of paralegal/legal assistant studies. Membership in LEX is a meaningful academic honor within Montgomery College and is a recognized indication of superior academic achievement to members of the legal profession in the Maryland/District of Colombia/Virginia area.
Eligibility requirements for the Montgomery College Chapter of LEX are completion of not less than two-thirds of the program requirements (A.A.S. Degree or Paralegal Certificate) and an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 and a GPA in all LGST (formally LA) courses of at least 3.5. Montgomery College inducts new members each year.
Generally speaking, a legal specialty course is one which covers a specific area of law or procedure. It is the policy of the MC Paralegal Studies Program to accept on transfer from another accredited institution no more than the equivalent of fifty-percent (50%) of legal specialty courses required for the A.A.S. degree or the Paralegal Certificate provided that the student seeking transfer credits:
- Meets with the Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator and provides the Coordinator with a copy of the transcript listing the particular legal specialty course(s) with a grade of “C” or better, the date the course was taken, and the number of credits earned for the course(s) at the other institution; and
- Provides a course syllabus or other acceptable documentation (course assignments, student work product) and be able to discuss specific paralegal skills acquired throughout the course. The Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator may accept transfer credit for the course if it is determined that the course in question is sufficiently similar to one offered as part of the ABA approved Montgomery College Paralegal Studies Program curriculum.
Strong preference is given to those courses taken from an ABA approved paralegal studies program. The Montgomery College Paralegal Studies Program does not accept Credit for Prior Learning, as defined in Academic Regulations Section 3 or Continuing Education Unit credits (CEUs), for legal specialty courses. Additionally, all Paralegal Studies Program students must complete a minimum of 9 semester hours of legal specialty course work in the traditional classroom environment. As a result the number of on-line legal specialty courses subject to transfer may be limited in order to satisfy this requirement. This transfer policy includes any and all legal specialty courses taken at any accredited institution offering a non-ABA approved program.