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View the Info Video Upcoming Paralegal Program Dates

Tuesday/Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm Online classes held: September 15, 2015 – February 4, 2016
Tution: $3995
Registration closes two weeks prior to the program start date
Enroll in the JMU Paralegal Certificate Program

Learn more about becoming a paralegal by downloading the our free brochure.

JMU Paralegal Brochure

Learn more about the financial options available, download the brochure below.

JMU Paralegal Financial Brochure

Classes can fill quickly. In order to enroll, you must submit a completed registration form and full form of payment.  It is strongly recommended that you register two weeks prior to a course start date. 

CEUs Available
Paralegal Studies certificate program is approved for 12.0 CEUs (120 contact hours) through Outreach & Engagement at James Madison University.

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JMU Paralegal Certificate Program
Enrollment & Financing

Pre-requisites 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:

  • An undergraduate degree OR
  • The equivalent of 4 years of professional work experience (Does not need to be in the legal field)
  • Access to the internet with high speed connection (courses are administered in an online environment)
  • Basic computer and word-processing skills


Payment Options and Financial Assistance
Total cost for the certificate in Paralegal Students is $4995.00 and includes tuition, etextbooks and all course materials.
 To enroll, click the “Enroll online today” button in one of our upcoming programs listed on the right.

Enrollment Deadline
This is an open enrollment program.  In order to enroll, you must submit a completed registration form and payment.  It is strongly recommended that you register two weeks prior to a course start date.

You can pay online by credit card or mail a check along with the completed registration form to our office no later than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the program.

This program is approved for WIA training assistance and the MyCAA scholarship program. Click here to learn more about payment and financing options.

*Federal financial aid cannot be used to pay for noncredit courses. At this time, the GI Bill will not pay for distance learning/online noncredit programs.

You may 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
1. The cost of the course must exceed $1000.00. The requested loan amount cannot exceed the course fee.
2. You must be registered in the course prior to Outreach certifying the loan. Complete and submit the registration form.
3. Apply online with Sallie Mae or Wells Fargo.

They will evaluate your credit score and may recommend a co-borrower for those with low scores or minimal credit history. NOTE: Please use the following James Madison University Continuing Education account when applying: 003721-98.

Outreach & Engagement will be notified of the application and asked to verify and certify course information.

Any questions regarding your loan should occur directly with your loan processor. Refer to their website for contact information. For questions on how to register or to inquire about the loan process, please contact our office.

**Some Paralegal Students programs fill weeks before the start date. If you plan to apply for a Sallie Mae or Wells Fargo loan, begin your application early to allow adequate processing time. Enrollment is not guaranteed until payment is received.

Graduation Requirements

  • Pass each of the six sections with a 70% score

  • Maintain a 75% score overall for the entire six months of the program

Ready to enroll?
Register online for the paralegal studies program using the links on the right and start on your path toward an exciting new career! Or view the on-demand informational video to learn more!

Withdrawal/Refund Policy
You may cancel your registration up to two weeks before the program start date, and receive a full refund (minus a credit card processing fee).  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