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Certificate in Paralegal Studies

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Upcoming programs

February 15-July 26, 2021
No class meetings on May 31 or July 5
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Registration Fee: $4,995
Where: Online

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"With a growing demand for paralegals and legal assistants, we are excited to offer this new noncredit certificate program to professionals throughout Central Virginia."

Michael Huffman, Director
Office of Continuing and Professional Education

Begin your paralegal career

Did you know the paralegal industry is among the fastest-growing occupations in the United States? A noncredit VCU paralegal certificate along with your degree or previous work experience prepares you to be highly competitive in the legal career search.

Paralegals are not just employed at law firms anymore. Almost every industry requires legal assistance: hospitals, real estate firms, government, corporations and more. Most employ paralegals to help with the myriad legal needs they face. VCU is seeking ambitious individuals who want to learn more about the growing Virginia legal community and leave our program with the skills and credentials to be successful in the legal job market.

Start a new career or advance your current one

The noncredit VCU paralegal certificate program is distinguished by a focus on comprehensive legal-specific skills such as investigating fact patterns, conducting law-related research and preparing cases for courtroom litigation. This is a great program for someone looking to change careers or looking to advance a legal career in Greater Richmond or other parts of Virginia. The training you receive in the paralegal certificate program can be used in a law office or in many other fields such as real estate, social services and government.

“I really didn't want to go back to school, but I knew if I wanted to change careers, I needed a specialized skill.”

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Trying to determine if the noncredit VCU Paralegal Certificate is right for you?

Watch our informational video on the program.

Request to sit in on a class to try out the program.

Ask about discounts for VCU Alumni; VCU, VCU Health and other state employees; and active-duty military, reservists, Guard members, veterans, and military spouses. Coupon code must be used/applied at the time of enrollment, cannot be combined with other discounts/coupons or waivers, and will not be retroactively applied.

Convenient and flexible learning

Our noncredit paralegal certificate is designed with the adult learner in mind. Class sessions are held weekday evenings and are delivered as a balance of live instructor-led classroom sessions along with access to an online exam environment. Please note that the February 2021 cohort will be held live-online. If you are interested in enhancing your professional credibility, employment prospects and income potential in the Virginia or DC legal industry, the VCU Certificate in Paralegal Studies is for you.


The legal profession is competitive, especially in and around Richmond, Virginia or Washington DC. To ensure our graduates are qualified for employment after earning a paralegal certificate and prepared for the challenging education in this program, we require the equivalent of four years of professional work experience (which does not have to be in the legal field) or an undergraduate degree (does not have to be in the legal field).

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Office of Continuing and Professional Education
Virginia Commonwealth University

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9 West Cary Street 
Box 842505 
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2505


(804) 828-1322

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