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Title: New Paralegal Student Online Orientation (click up and down arrows)

New Paralegal Student Online Orientation (click
up and down arrows)
  • Welcome to the paralegal program online
    orientation for new students. Right here on the
    web, you will learn who your counselor is, about
    academic advising, college resources, and more.
  • We hope you find this orientation of value.
  • Lets get started!

Your Counselor
  • Hi,
  • Im Cynthia Kimura the Legal Education program
    counselor. As your supporter, advocate, and
    guide I can help you become familiar with the
    paralegal and legal secretary programs and assist
    you throughout your academic endeavor providing
    counseling, support, and academic advising.
    Together we can develop an educational plan, work
    on semester by semester planning, discuss
    problems resulting in poor academic standing,
    etc. I can also make referrals for additional
    support services. Contact me at or phone 808.734.9107.

Academic Advising
  • Academic advising is important for student
    success. It is a collaborative relationship
    between you and your counselor. Advising
    encourages you to think critically, seek out
    resources, and develop action plans. It provides
    you with the information and encouragement you
    need to take personal responsibility for
    exploring options and making decisions.
  • Your counselor can assist you with course
    selection, processing course waivers, and
    information regarding transfer credits and
    processing of various academic forms.
  • You can also use STAR, your degree auditing
    program which matches your academic record
    against program requirements to show what has
    been completed and what you still need to
    complete to meet those requirements. To view your
    STAR, log into your MyUH portal
    n) and click on STAR Degree Check/View Transcript.

  • Every member of the University of Hawaii system
    has a address, and the associated
    username and password provide access to essential
    web announcements and email.
  • You should regularly log into UH email and web
    services for announcements and personal mail.
  • Failing to do so will mean missing critical
    information from academic and program advisors,
    instructors, registration and business office
    staff, classmates, student organizations, and
  • If you do not have a username, go to
    https//, click on Get a UH
  • Your password for MyUH and your email
    is the same.
  • To minimize the risk of breaches of
    confidentiality, the counselor will only provide
    general information and will not share
    information about student records via email
    unless the email is used.

Paralegal Program Student Handbook
  • The student handbook was developed for your use
    throughout your tenure as a paralegal student. It
    will assist you to succeed and make the
    educational process as smooth as possible. It
    also list baccalaureate degree options.
  • Please keep this handbook handy and refer to it,
    as appropriate.
  • Some of the information included in the handbook

Paralegal Program Student Handbook
Accreditation and American Bar Association
  • Kapiolani Community College is accredited by the
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • The paralegal program has received American Bar
    Association (ABA) approval since 1978 and is the
    only ABA approved, Associate in Science degree
    program in the State of Hawaii. ABA approval is
    not the same as accreditation.

Paralegal Program Student Handbook Course
  • Most students take LAW 101 Hawaii Legal System
    in their first semester.
  • LAW 102 Legal Research must be taken prior to LAW
    203 Legal Writing,
  • LAW 111 Litigation must be taken prior to LAW 148
    Legal Document Preparation,
  • LAW 111 Litigation or LAW 136 Tort Insurance
    Law must be taken prior to LAW 202 Legal
    Interviewing, Negotiating, Advocacy, and
  • LAW 293P Cooperative Paralegal Education should
    be the last LAW class taken.
  • LAW 105 Law Office Management is offered in the
    fall only and
  • LAW 202 Legal Interviewing, Negotiating,
    Advocacy and LAW 145 Computer Applications in the
    Law Office are offered in the spring only.
  • Please read the handbook for more course

Paralegal Program Student Handbook Mathematical
or Logical Thinking Requirement
  • A math or logical thinking course is required.
  • Many students take PHIL 110 Introduction to
    Deductive Logic because it does not have a math
    prerequisite. The program recommends Logic and
    finds it helpful to our students.

Paralegal Program Student Handbook Computer
  • Computer skills are essential to a paralegal.
  • LAW 148 Legal Document Preparation is a required
    course which requires keyboarding ability and
    knowledge of word processing software.
  • Kapiolani Community College does not offer
    typing or keyboarding classes.
  • Kaimuki/Kaiser Community School for Adults is an
    excellent and minimal cost source to obtain these
    skills. Call 808.733.8460 or 808.733.8461 to
    obtain a schedule of classes.
  • Other Community Schools for Adults may offer
    classes as well, and you are encouraged to
    contact the school that is most convenient.

Paralegal Program Student Handbook Student
Academic Grievance Procedures
  • It is a historically established rule of higher
    education that an instructor has the authority to
    conduct classes, provide for the discussion of
    ideas, make assignments or other exercises,
    require examinations, and render judgments on the
    performance of students.
  • The exercise of this authority provides the
    foundation for an academic relationship between
    individual faculty members and individual
    students that is unique to colleges and
  • This relationship is maintained by the interplay
    of traditional and customary standards of conduct
    and courtesies, the observance of which is the
    responsibility of both faculty and students.
  • Inevitably, issues associated with the faculty
    members responsibilities as a teacher and the
    students responsibilities as a learner may
    occasionally arise.
  • For more information, please refer to the entire
    Student Academic Grievance Procedures available
    in the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Paralegal Program Student Handbook Student
Conduct Code and Disruptive Behavior Policy
  • The purpose of the University of Hawaii is to
    pursue knowledge through teaching, learning, and
    research in an atmosphere of physical and
    intellectual freedom.
  • Members of the academic community may not violate
    the rights of one another nor disrupt the basic
    activities of the University.
  • Students who are disruptive are subject to a
    variety of academically related penalties that
    may include reprimand and probation, restitution,
    suspension for a specified period of time, or
  • For further information, please refer to the
    entire Student Conduct Code and Disruptive
    Behavior Policy available at the program or the
    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs offices.

Kapiolani CC Catalog
  • Your academic requirements are published in the
    catalog that is in effect when you enter the
  • The catalog also describes all Kapiolani
    Community College courses and campus policies and
  • The course description is extremely important as
    it provides an overview of the course and if the
    course has a pre- or co-requisite.
  • It is your responsibility, as a student, to
    understand campus policies and regulations.
  • The curriculum requirements listed in the catalog
    (or any subsequent catalog) in effect when you
    entered or re-entered the paralegal program are
    the curriculum requirements you must meet in
    order to obtain the paralegal, Associate in
    Science degree.
  • The catalog may be viewed online.

Schedule of Classes
  • The schedule of classes for each semester and
    summer session is online at the Check Class
    Availability site (http//
    d/avail.classes?iKAP). The courses, times the
    classes start and end, days of the week the
    classes meet, instructors, enrollment status, and
    class locations are found at the website.
  • Course selections will be made using this site
    during registration.

  • Registration is the activity when courses for the
    semester are selected and paid for. You will be
    assigned a specific registration date and time
    (time ticketing) to register online using MyUH.
  • For registration information, go to
  • As a paralegal student, you may register for any
    LAW class that you meet the prerequisite for. A
    prerequisite is a prior course, knowledge, or
    skill you must have before you can register for a
  • To check the enrollment status of classes, use
    the online real-time Check Class Availability
    site at http//

Course Work Load
  • A semester credit is defined as the number of
    hours per week you participate in class during
    the traditional 16 week semester. Usually one
    credit requires one hour of class attendance and
    participation each week and two hours a week of
    homework. If you are taking a 3 credits class,
    you will spend at least 9 hours a week on that
    class (3 hours in class and 6 hours of study).
    All LAW classes are 3 credits.
  • A full time student enrolls in 12 credits. Most
    paralegal students work full time so enroll part
    time in 3 or 6 credits each semester. Thats 9 or
    18 hours of class and study per week.
  • Dont forget, you may have family, work, or
    community obligations that may dictate your

Course Syllabus
  • While the college catalog describes the course,
    the class syllabus gives you information
    regarding the class, instructor, grading policy,
    contact information, assignments, class policies,
    expected behavior, etc. for a specific class.
  • At the first class session, you will receive a
    copy of the class syllabus. Read it carefully and
    keep it until your class is completed and your
    grade entered.
  • Concerns regarding class expectations should be
    discussed with the instructor.

Transcripts and Transfer Credits
  • Official copies of transcripts from all colleges
    and institutions of higher education attended,
    except University of Hawaii (UH) system schools,
    are required if you want to receive transfer
    credits. To receive credits you must process a
    Transcript Evaluation Request Form after
    registering for the semester. The form may be
    obtained from the Kekaulike Information and
    Service Center (KISC) or downloaded from
  • Transfer credits are not awarded automatically
    you must initiate the Transcript Evaluation
    Request Form.
  • It is to your advantage to process this Request
    in the first semester of program enrollment. For
    more information go to http//

News Announcements
  • Student notices are emailed to students,
    published on the program website
    (http//, and posted on the
    Kapiolani Community College campus Kopiko
    building bulletin board.
  • As a paralegal student, you should regularly
    check your email, the web, or
    bulletin board for information regarding
    registration, graduation, scholarships, job
    opportunities, curriculum changes, etc.

  • Now that you have completed this orientation, we
    hope you found it helpful as you begin your
    paralegal journey.
  • Please be sure to read and keep your Paralegal
    Program Student Handbook and use the links on the
    Legal Education Program homepage
    (http// for additional
  • If you have questions, please feel free to
    contact us.
  • Have a great journey!