• A Virginia paralegal at her job

    Online Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

    James Madison University, a leading public university

  • Paralegals at a law office in Virginia

    Start a New Career

    According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal industry will add more than 47,000 jobs in the next 10 years! Will yours be one of them?

  • A paralegal in Washington DC

    Advance Your Legal Career

    According to Paralegal Today magazine, paralegal salaries average more than $50,000 in law firms and more than $60,000 in corporate legal departments.

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Online Paralegal Certificate Program at James Madison University

Congratulations on beginning the research phase of your journey into the legal field! If you still have questions after browsing the website, please reach out to speak with us. We want to answer your questions!

James Madison University’s Certificate in Paralegal Studies offers both a convenient format and a reputation of excellence as you prepare to be competitive in the Virginia or Washington D.C. job market. With class sessions held on evenings and weekend — and delivered as a balance of self-paced and live, instructor-led training in an online environment — this non-credit paralegal certificate program is designed with the adult learner in mind.

In this rigorous online program, you will learn to investigate complex fact patterns, conduct legal research, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. Most importantly, the training and skills you receive in this paralegal certificate online program can be used in a law office and translate to many other fields such as real estate, social services, and government.

“Employment in the paralegal industry is projected to grow much faster than average, as employers try to reduce costs by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers (as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics).

Strengthen Your Legal Career or Start a New One!

JMU’s exciting new online paralegal certificate program is ideal for legal assistants and staff wishing to augment their training and experience with a professional paralegal certificate — or career changers with little to no legal experience seeking a profession with strong compensation. Learn more about who should attend.

Are you interested in enhancing your professional credibility, employment prospects, and income potential in the legal industry? If so, the JMU Online Paralegal Certificate is for you!

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Are There Prerequisites for the Online Paralegal Certificate?

To ensure our graduates are qualified for employment after earning a paralegal certificate online and prepared for the challenging education in this program, we require: A 4-year undergraduate degree OR the equivalent of 4 years of professional work experience (does not have to be in the legal field).

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