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Upcoming program 

November 6, 2018 - May 2, 2019

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
Registration Fee: $4,995.00
Where: Richmond campus

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“The VCU Paralegal Program has been a life-changing experience and has helped me find a new and exciting career path. All of the instructors are amazing and truly care about helping each student find their niche in the paralegal profession. The classes have helped me become more comfortable in applying for new jobs, and helped me be confident in the work product I will produce in the future.”

Meredith Cavalier

Trying to determine if the VCU Paralegal Certificate is right for you? Our informational video may help.

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Enrolling in our paralegal certificate

Enrolling in the VCU Paralegal Certificate is simple. In order to enroll, you can submit a completed registration form and full form of payment through OCPE’s online registration system or complete the 3-part payment plan or 5-part payment plan.

We strongly recommend that you register at least two weeks prior to the course start date to ensure your space in the program.

Program cost

The cost of the paralegal certificate program is $4,995. This cost includes all fees, access to textbooks for each class, access to the online learning systems and all course materials, including access to Lexis Nexis during the Legal Research & Writing portion of the program. There are no additional costs or fees. If you are looking for a paralegal program near Richmond to increase your legal credibility, the VCU Paralegal Certificate is right for you. 

What is an incremental payment plan?

At VCU, we want to help you to succeed in the legal industry without putting a financial strain on your wallet. We have designed our registration cost to be all inclusive so that there are no additional or hidden fees. Our tuition cost includes your books, materials, access to Lexis Nexis, program fees, career preparation seminars, and your certificate of completion from VCU.

Our incremental payment plans provide you flexibility in the collection of your registration fee by segmenting the total program tuition into smaller payments over the course of 4 months.

We offer two convenient options for you to choose from:

Choose the plan that works for you and enroll today!

3-part payment plan

First Payment


Due upon registration. 
This secures your spot in the program

Second Payment


Due 2 months after program start date

Third Payment


Due 4 months after program start date

5-part payment plan

First Payment $2,100    

Due upon registration.
This secures your spot in the program

Second Payment $ 723.75 Due 1 month after program start date;
Third Payment $ 723.75 Due 2 months after program start date
Fourth Payment $ 723.75 Due 3 months after program start date
Fifth Payment $ 723.75 Due 4 months after program start date


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

Financial assistance

Some VCU OCPE offerings are ineligible for waiver use due to partnership agreements. The following text will appear on the registration page: “*exempt—this offering is ineligible for waiver use.” 

As a noncredit certificate, the VCU paralegal program does not qualify for most federal tuition assistance programs such as FAFSA or grant funding that only apply to credit programs leading to a degree or similar academic credential.  

However, many financial institutions provide continuing education and/or private loans for certificate programs. We encourage you to check with your banking institution or a local credit union. We're also happy to provide guidance as you consider your options. If you have questions about financing options that might be available for you, please contact our program advisor at (804) 823-9019. 

NOTE: If you plan to apply for a loan, begin your application early to allow adequate processing time.

WIOA Assistance

Our Certificate in Paralegal Studies has been certified by the Capital Region Workforce Partnership and Workforce Development Board for persons eligible for Virginia WIOA training assistance. There are very specific eligibility requirements. Please contact your local Resource Workshop Center for more information on determining eligibility and your next steps.

Withdrawal/Refund policy

You may cancel your registration up to two weeks before the program start date, and receive a full refund minus a $100 credit card processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received via email at ocpe@vcu.edu. Participants may transfer to a future program within one year of your original program, based on availability, with no penalty. Participant substitutions will be accepted up to two business days before the start of the program.

Please note if enrolled in an incremental payment plan, full payment will be due if you choose to drop out of the program after the cancellation deadline.

In the unlikely event that this program is canceled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

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