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Why Choose the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at JMU?

A JMU paralegal in Virginia

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

JMU’s exciting, non-credit online paralegal studies certificate program is designed with the adult learner in mind.

The paralegal studies certificate 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.
  • Balance of self-paced and online, instructor-led training.
  • Our top notch instructors are experts and have many years of experience as practicing attorneys; specifically selected for their 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.
  • Apply the different standards of care identified in negligence actions, as well as apply the different types of damages available in tort law.
  • 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.
  • Become associated with the procedures of Family Law which includes such topics as divorce, support, child custody, and property division.
  • 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, then call us today at 540-568-4038.