A legal assistant who wants formal education to give your career a boost?
Looking to start your legal career with strong earning potential?
**Completing a paralegal certificate offers many exciting opportunities!**
What Jobs are Available for Those Who Complete a Paralegal Certificate Program?
One of the most exciting aspects of becoming a paralegal is the wide range of career opportunities. Here are some examples of industries that hire paralegals:
Public Defender’s Office
Oil and Gas
Paralegal education provides additional professional advantages. There are many careers that, while not titled “paralegal,” are able to make use of a paralegal’s skills. Some of these professions include:
Conducting client interviews and maintaining general contact with the client
Locating and interviewing witnesses
Conducting investigations, as well as statistical and documentary research
Conducting legal research
Drafting legal documents, correspondence, and pleadings
Summarizing depositions, interrogatories, and testimony
Attending executions of wills, real estate closings, depositions, court or administrative hearings, and trials with the attorney
Authoring and signing correspondence, provided the legal assistant’s status is clearly indicated and the correspondence does not contain independent legal opinions or legal advice
NOTE: We do not recommend that paralegals offer their services directly to the public. To do so risks engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.
Will You Help Me Get a Job?
We want you to be a successful graduate, so we have set aside class sessions in the program that teach career development skills — including résumé-writing and interviewing techniques. You will also learn to create a client file and work documents based on specific cases, and you will earn a distinguished Certificate of Completion from James Madison University. While we can’t guarantee you a job offer after this program, we can certainly equip you with the tools needed to be highly competitive.
What Qualifications Do I Need to Sign Up?
To ensure our students are prepared for the intensive coursework in this online program and qualified for employment after finishing, we require either:
At least four years of professional work experience (does not have to be in the legal field)
A four-year degree
Who Are My Instructors, and What Will They Teach Me?
Your instructors are practicing attorneys chosen for their knowledge, experience, and effectiveness in the learning environment. The coursework focuses on the practical skills used in the legal workplace.
Take the Next Step!
Next Online Program
August 6 - December 12, 2018
Mondays and Wednesdays
6:30pm -- 8:30pm, Eastern Time
“The Paralegal Certificate Program at James Madison University is time and money well spent! The classes are a convenient way for busy professionals and parents to complete the program. The instructors are knowledgeable professionals with a true interest in helping their students succeed. Within one month of completing the program, I had my dream job with a 25% increase in salary!”