Online Paralegal Certificate Program
at James Madison University
Congratulations on taking your first step toward a career in the legal field! A Certificate in Paralegal Studies from James Madison University prepares you to be competitive in the Virginia or Washington D.C. job market and it is further enhanced by JMU’s reputation and tradition of excellence.
In this rigorous paralegal certificate program you will learn to investigate complex fact patterns, conduct legal research, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The training and skills you receive can be used in a law office and translate to many other fields such as real estate, social services, and government.
Employment in the paralegal industry is projected to grow much faster than average, as employers try to reduce costs by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers.*
Strengthen your Legal Career or Start a New One!
JMU's exciting new paralegal certificate program is ideal for legal assistants and staff wishing to augment their training and experience with a professional certificate or career changers seeking a profession with strong compensation.
Our non-credit online certificate program is designed with the adult learner in mind. Class sessions are held weekday evenings or on weekends and are delivered as a balance of self-paced and live instructor led training in an online environment. If you are interested in enhancing your professional credibility, employment prospects and income potential in the legal industry, the JMU Paralegal Certificate is for you!
Are there pre-requisites for the 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:
- A 4-year undergraduate degree OR
- the equivalent of 4 years of professional work experience (not necessarily in the legal field)
Who are my instructors for each online paralegal course?
Your instructors are practicing attorneys who have been chosen for their knowledge, experience and effectiveness in the learning environment. The course work focuses on the practical skills and knowledge used in the legal workplace.
* as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics