Enrollment & Financing

Ready to Enroll?

Register online for the Paralegal Studies program using the links in the box “Take the Next Step” and start on your path toward an exciting new career! If you would like to find out more, view the on-demand informational video.

Prerequisites for the JMU Paralegal Certificate

To ensure our graduates are qualified for employment after earning a paralegal certificate, and prepared for the challenging education in this program, we require:

Paralegals in Washington DC

  • The equivalent of four years of full-time professional work experience (does not need to be legal field-related) OR a bachelor’s degree
  • Access to the internet with high-speed connection (courses are administered in an online environment)
  • Basic computer and word-processing skills

Payment and Financial Assistance

Total cost for the certificate in Paralegal Studies is $3,995.00 and includes all course materials. For more information on financing your enrollment – click here to watch our short video on payment options.

Enrollment Deadline

This program has limited seating, so it is strongly advised to register as soon as possible. Otherwise, if paying by credit card or check, your registration is due no later than two weeks before the course start date.

If paying by credit card, click on “Enroll Here Now” to the right-hand side of the screen underneath your preferred program date. From there, you will click the purple “Enroll Yourself” button to create an account. **Please note that creating an account and saving the program to your shopping cart will not save a spot for you in the course. You must complete the transaction and receive the automated receipt of payment email in order to be enrolled.**

If paying by check, please download and complete the registration form and postal-mail it along with your check to the address printed on the registration form.

Payment Plan

A three-part payment plan is available. There is an additional $50.00 processing fee added to the total balance.

Installment 1 – The first payment is $1,545.00 and is due at the time of registration (no later than one month before the course start date.) This payment will secure your spot in the Paralegal Certificate.
Installment 2 – The second payment is $1,250.00 and is due one month after the program start date.
Installment 3 – The final payment is $1,250.00 and is due two months after the program start date.

In order to take advantage of this option, you must complete and submit the registration form and the Paralegal Payment Plan Agreement.

Other Payment Options

**The registration deadline for payment options listed below is at least one month before the course start date.**

This program is approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training assistance and the MyCAA scholarship program. Click here to learn more about payment and financing options.

You may also consider a private loan with your banking institution or local credit union. As an alternative, you may apply for a Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan or a Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan.

To qualify/apply for a Sallie Mae or Wells Fargo loan:

  • The cost of the course must exceed $1,000.00. The requested loan amount cannot exceed the course fee.
  • You must be registered in the course prior to Outreach certifying the loan. Complete and submit the registration form.
  • Apply online with Sallie Mae or Wells Fargo.

They will evaluate your credit score and may recommend a co-borrower based on your credit history. NOTE: Please use the following James Madison University Continuing Education account when applying for Sallie Mae: 003721-98. JMU’s Outreach & Engagement will be notified of the application and asked to verify and certify course information.

For any questions regarding your loan, please reach out to your loan processor directly. Refer to their website for contact information. For questions on how to register or to inquire about the loan process, please contact our office.

*The FAFSA is for degree-seeking programs only. JMU’s Paralegal Studies certificate is a non-credit program and is therefore not eligible for FAFSA-based aid.

*At this time, non-credit online programs are not eligible for the GI Bill.

Graduation Requirements

  • Pass each of the four sections with a 70% score
  • Maintain a 75% score overall for the entire program

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

You may cancel your registration up to two weeks before the program start date and receive a full refund (minus a $25.00 administrative fee and any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given. Participants may transfer to a future program (within one year of your original program), based on availability, with no penalty. We will accept participant substitutions with at least two business days’ notice. Please email us at outreach@jmu.edu.