Earn your Certificate in Paralegal Studies at VCU

Start your new career in just 6 months.

The paralegal industry is among the most exciting and fastest growing occupations in the United States.  Here are a few things you might not know about paralegals:

About 7 out of 10 paralegals work for law firms; others work for corporate legal departments, government agencies, or in real estate.
 
According to Paralegal Today magazine, average paralegal salaries range from $51,000 in law firms to $61,000 in corporate legal departments.
 
Law firms are increasingly hiring paralegals to fill roles that attorneys have historically done.

"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!

The paralegal industry is expected to add more than 47,000 jobs in the next 10 years!

Job Security

Career choices

Exciting work

With 17% 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.

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 and weekend classes located at our convenient downtown Richmond campus. 

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.

Whether strengthening your career or starting a new one, VCU is the place to begin. Take your first step by using the form above to request more info. 

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Textbooks and all other materials are provided for our paralegal students. Plus, ask us about loan options and our payment plan! 

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VCU is a prestigious, public university founded in 1838. This non-credit certificate is just one of many excellent programs offered by VCU.

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