- Program overview
- Why choose VCU
- Enrollment and financing
- Frequently asked questions
- About the paralegal industry
- Meet your instructors
- Paralegal industry resources
What's your next step?
In light of the latest COVID-19 developments, the August 2020 cohort will now be held fully online. Please check the return to campus website, One VCU: Responsible Together, for the latest news and updates.
August 18, 2020-February 4, 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
Registration Fee: $4,995.00
Trying to determine if the VCU Paralegal Certificate is right for you? Our informational video may help.
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 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.
The cost of the paralegal certificate program is $4,995. This cost includes all fees, access to textbooks for each class, access to the online learning systems and all course materials, including access to Lexis Nexis during the Legal Research & Writing portion of the program. There are no additional costs or fees. If you are looking for a paralegal program near Richmond to increase your legal credibility, the VCU Paralegal Certificate is right for you. Ask about our VCU Alumni or military discount. Coupon code must be used/applied at the time of enrollment, cannot be combined with other discounts/coupons or waivers, and will not be retroactively applied.
What is an incremental payment plan?
At VCU, we want to help you to succeed in the legal industry without putting a financial strain on your wallet. We have designed our registration cost to be all inclusive so that there are no additional or hidden fees. Our registration cost includes your books, materials, access to Lexis Nexis, program fees, career preparation seminars, and your certificate of completion from VCU.
Our incremental payment plan provides you flexibility in the collection of your registration fee by segmenting the total program cost into smaller payments.
Due upon registration.
|Second Payment||$ 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.
- All class assignments and exams will be administered and are expected to be turned in on time.
- Students must earn a minimum of 70% in each course module.
- Participants must achieve an overall score of 75% or higher in the program to earn the noncredit VCU Certificate in Paralegal Studies.
As a noncredit certificate, the VCU paralegal program does not qualify for most federal 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 office at (804) 828-1322 or email@example.com.
NOTE: If you plan to apply for a loan, begin your application early to allow adequate processing time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.