• 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 complete our contact form or send an email to Elizabeth, our Enrollment Specialist. 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. Our online non-credit paralegal program is designed with the adult learner in mind and specially formatted for you to complete without ever setting foot on a campus.

In this rigorous program, you will learn to investigate complex fact patterns, conduct legal research, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. More importantly, you will be taught the training and skills demanded of law office employment as well as many other fields, including real estate, social services, and government.


Strengthen Your Legal Career or Start a New One!

JMU’s online Paralegal Certificate program is ideal for both legal staff wishing to boost their résumé with professional training — and career changers new to law who are looking for a profession with strong compensation.
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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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What Qualifications Do I Need to Enroll?

To ensure our students are prepared for this online program’s intensive coursework and are qualified for employment after completing our certificate, we require either: at least four years of professional work experience (does not have to be in the legal field) OR  a four-year degree. Learn more about JMU’s Paralegal Certificate courses and schedule »

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