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Why Choose the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at JMU?

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A certificate in Paralegal Studies from James Madison University will prepare you to be competitive in the Virginia or Washington, D.C. job market, and will formally train you to be successful at your job. Your certificate is even further enhanced by JMU’s stellar reputation and tradition of excellence.

JMU’s non-credit online Paralegal Studies certificate is designed with the adult learner in mind.

Our program is divided into six courses, including Introduction to Law, Legal Research & Writing, Civil Litigation, and Contract Law. You can learn more about our courses on our program overview page.

What Makes JMU’s Paralegal Certificate Program Stand Out?

  • Class sessions are held weekday evenings.
  • 100% online, including instructor-led training in a virtual environment.
  • Our top-notch instructors are practicing attorneys and are selected for their expert knowledge, experience, and effectiveness in the learning environment.
  • Your coursework as a student will focus on the practical skills and knowledge used in the legal workplace.

A JMU Paralegal Studies Certificate Will Enable You to:

  • Gain a good understanding of the environment in which a paralegal works
  • Find legal authority, conduct legal analysis, and author basic legal memorandums
  • Work in the context of civil litigation by learning both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures and the Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Efficiently investigate complex fact patterns
  • Understand the basics of contract law and the elements necessary to draft a valid contract
  • Assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation

The training and skills you receive in the program, along with JMU’s reputation of excellence, will make you a formidable force as you enter into your exhilarating new career in the legal field! If paralegal training at JMU is the right choice for you, we invite you to enroll today.

If you would like to chat with our Specialist, Elizabeth, you can email her at: saccoeg@jmu.edu or call 540-568-4038.