A Certificate in Paralegal Studies from James Madison University prepares you to be competitive in the Virginia or Washington D.C. job market and it is further enhanced by JMU’s reputation and tradition of excellence.

In this rigorous paralegal certificate program you will learn to investigate complex fact patterns, conduct legal research, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The training and skills you receive can be used in a law office and translate to many other fields such as real estate, social services, and government.


Paralegal Course Outline


For more information, please visit jmuparalegal.org.


How To Register

View Upcoming Classes and Online Registration *Credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express) can only be accepted through online registration.

By Mail: To pay by check, please complete the Paralegal Mail-In Registration Form and mail with payment to the address shown on the form no later than 3 weeks prior to the start date to allow for mail time.

Private Loan:

You may consider a private loan with your banking institution or local credit union. Alternatively, you may apply for a Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan or a Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan.

To qualify/apply for a Sallie Mae or Wells Fargo loan:

  • The requested loan amount cannot exceed the course fee.
  • You must be registered in the course prior to Outreach certifying the loan and your loan must be approved at least two weeks prior to the start date of the course. Complete and submit the registration form.
  • Apply online with Sallie Mae or Wells Fargo.

NOTE: Please use the following James Madison University Continuing Education school code when applying: 003721-98.

Payment Plan for Paralegal Studies Certificate

A 3-part payment plan is available for our Paralegal Studies certificate.
  • You must complete and submit the registration formParalegal Payment Plan Agreement, and first payment no later than 1 month before course start date.
  • There is a $50.00 non-refundable administrative fee to set up the payment plan.
  • An enrollment confirmation receipt and invoice for the remaining balance will be sent to your registered email address. Payments can be made online by credit card or you can mail a check.
  • Cancellations received prior to the course cancellation deadline will receive a full refund minus the $50.00 administrative fee and any credit card convenience fees. No refunds will be given past the course cancellation deadline.
  • Payment extensions are NOT available. Failure to pay any installments by agreed upon due dates will result in being dropped from the program and your account may be turned over to collections. No refunds of payments already submitted will be made. No payment extensions are allowed and transfer to another program is not available.

Registration Deadline: Registration closes 2 weeks prior to class start date. If space is available, late registrations may be accepted up to 5 business days prior to the class start date and will incur a $25 late registration fee.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to two weeks before the program start date, and receive a refund of course registration fees, less a $25.00 administrative fee and any credit card processing fees. After that date, no refunds will be given. Participants may transfer to a future program (within one year of your original program), based on availability, with no penalty. We will accept participant substitutions with at least 2 business days notice. To withdraw from a course you must send a request in writing to outreach@jmu.edu.

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