Earn Your Certificate in Paralegal Studies

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Nancy A. Lowe
Nancy Lowe
Student adviser

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Paralegal Career

Reach out to our student adviser today, and learn how easy it can be to advance your paralegal career!

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Upcoming program dates:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 22, 2023-March 5, 2024 or February 6-July 18, 2024 from 6-9 p.m. Eastern Time (Live Online)

Convenient and Flexible Learning

Designed with the Adult Learner in Mind

We know you're busy. We designed our program for working adults, with evening classes.

Our program is great for someone looking to change careers or looking to advance a legal career in the Greater Richmond area or in other parts of Virginia. You can put your skills to immediate use with our training in a law office or in many other fields such as real estate, social services, and government. View Quick Facts on Paralegals and Legal Assistants from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Complimentary rental ebooks and all other materials are provided for our paralegal students. Plus, ask us about loan options; a discount for current VCU students, VCU program graduates, state employees, and active-duty military, reservists, Guard members, veterans, and military spouses; and our incremental payment plan!

Benefits of Becoming a Paralegal

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Job Security

Exciting Work

Career Choices

With 14% (much faster than average) growth projected in the paralegal industry and law firms increasingly depending on paralegals, becoming a paralegal means great job security. Paralegals perform a wide range of functions, including legal research, interviewing witnesses, drafting legal documents, and even attending hearings with attorneys. In addition to government agencies and corporate legal departments, paralegals work in many types of law, including immigration law, criminal law, contract law, and environmental law.


Why Choose VCU?


6 Months to a New Career

Convenient Classes

Support When You Need It

We've designed our program so you can earn your certificate in just 6 months and start your new career. We also offer résumé writing and interview assistance.

We know you're busy. We designed our program for working adults, with evening classes.

Our friendly and professional staff and instructors support you throughout your academic journey. Help is just an email or phone call away during your program.

A Message from a Previous Certificate Graduate

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Paige Givens

VCU Paralegal Certificate Graduate

The VCU Paralegal Certificate program is the best of both worlds for a working professional. This program makes it extremely easy to continue to work while furthering your education. I have enjoyed learning from some of the great lawyers in the Richmond area, and I look forward to a new career as a paralegal!

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