Earn Your Certificate in Paralegal Studies

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Why Choose VCU?

6 Months to a New Career
We want you to start your new career as quickly and smoothly as possible. Our 6-month program also includes résumé writing and interview assistance.

Convenient Classes
Our program is designed for working adults. Evening classes take place at our convenient downtown Richmond campus. 

Support When You Need It
Our friendly and professional staff and instructors are dedicated to your success. Help is just an email or phone call away during your program.

Benefits of Becoming a Paralegal

Job Security
With 17% growth projected in the paralegal industry and law firms increasingly depending on paralegals, becoming a paralegal means great job security.

Exciting Work
Paralegals perform a wide range of functions, including legal research, interviewing witnesses, drafting legal documents, and even attending  hearings with attorneys.

Career Choices
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.

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Begin Your Paralegal Career

Upcoming program dates:

May 13, 2020 - October 21, 2020

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 located at our convenient downtown Richmond campus. 

Our program is great for someone looking to change careers or looking to advance a legal career in Richmond or other parts of Virginia. You can put your skills to immediate use with our classroom training in a law office or in many other fields such as real estate, social services, and government.

Complimentary rental 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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A Message from Previous Certificate Graduates

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!"

August 27, 2020 - February 4, 2021