Enrollment & Financing

Paralegal Studies Enrollment & Financing

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 (legal field-related work not required) 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 and logins required by your instructors, as well as the physical certificate itself from JMU upon successful completion. For more information on financing your enrollment – click here to watch our short video on payment options.

Enrollment Deadline and Payment

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 the “Enroll Now Here” link 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 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 Studies program.
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 postal-mail the registration form and the Paralegal Payment Plan Agreement, along with your first payment no later than one month before the course start date.

Other Payment Options and Deadlines

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

JMU Outreach & Engagement accepts employer billing. Please complete and submit the registration form with your company’s information where indicated. We will contact your employer for arrangements.

This program is approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training assistance and the MyCAA scholarship program. For more information about WIOA benefits, contact your nearest state employment office. For MyCAA, please call Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647.

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

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

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 requested loan amount cannot exceed the course fee.
  • You must be registered in the course prior to JMU Outreach certifying the loan. Complete and submit the registration form first.
  • Apply online with Sallie Mae or Wells FargoNOTE: Please use the following James Madison University Continuing Education account when applying: 003721-98.

Outreach & Engagement will be notified of the loan application and asked to verify and certify the course information. For questions about your loan, please refer to your loan processor. For general information about the loan process, please contact our office.

Graduation Requirements

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

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.

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 such 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.