Paralegal Certificate Program


An ABA-Approved Program

Why you should take this program:

ABA Definition of a Paralegal

Paralegals work under the direction of a lawyer; they do not give legal advice, argue in court, set fees, or accept cases. They do, however, make decisions that call for understanding basic legal concepts. They use computers for information management, and they prepare documents in specialized areas of the law. Additionally, paralegals may interview clients, review documents, prepare trial evidence, maintain case files, research the law, assist lawyers with estate administration, business organizations, and other legal matters.

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Admission and Application

The basic requirement for admission into the Villanova University Paralegal Education Program is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Applicants should submit a completed application form including a writing sample setting forth career goals, a $30.00 application fee, an OFFICIAL transcript, and two (2) recommendation letters attesting to academic ability, work experience or character.

Attend an upcoming open house event and we will waive the application fee!

All new students may contact the Office of Continuing Studies for a pre-admission interview and counseling session. For more information call (610) 519-4310 or write: Paralegal Education Program, Villanova University, Office of Continuing Studies, Stanford Hall-Ground Floor, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085-1696. The Office of Continuing Studies is open Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

Villanova University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.

Paralegal Program - Acceptance of Transfer Courses


The Villanova University paralegal program will accept the transfer of a maximum of four courses from another ABA approved paralegal program. Students requesting the transfer of courses must submit proof of satisfactory course completion, a course syllabus and course description.

 Upon receipt of required information it will be reviewed by the program coordinator. The requested material is reviewed to insure that all required material contained in the Villanova course has been learned by the student.

Students may be given credit for a Villanova course based on two or more courses taken at another program. If the coordinator determines that the student has presented sufficient evidence of completion of a course which satisfies program requirements, it will be accepted in transfer in satisfaction of a program course.

On occasion the transferring student may be asked to take an exam to show competency in a subject area /course being accepted in transfer.

Any student completing the Villanova University paralegal program must have completed at least the equivalent of 10 semester credit hours in the traditional classroom setting.

Only courses from ABA approved programs are accepted.

The Villanova paralegal program does not accept the transfer of on-line courses from another program.



Continuing Education Units

The Continuing Education Unit (C.E.U.) is a nationally recognized unit of measure standardizing participation in non-degree continuing education courses. A C.E.U. is defined as ten (10) contact hours in an organized program under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.


Part-Time or Full-Time

The Evening Paralegal Certificate Program has been a part of the Office of Continuing Studies since 1983. Courses are offered during four terms each year. You can earn your Paralegal Certificate, part-time, in one year by taking 2 courses each term. You may apply for admission into the Evening Program in any term: Fall/Winter/Spring or Summer.

The next sessions will begin:

Summer Term: Monday, May 18, 2015

Fall Term: Monday, August 24, 2015 

Winter Term 2015/2016: TBD

Spring 2016 Term: TBD


All students are required to take the 3 core courses of Basic Legal Principles/Contracts, Legal Research and Litigation, the Ethics Seminar, Computer Courses and 5 elective courses recommended by your selection of the Business or General Curriculum. It is not required to stay within a pre-determined concentration.

Please note: Core Courses must be completed prior to Concentration Electives.

All courses emphasize paralegal skills, forms, documents and procedures, as well as legal principles and theories which are pertinent to the paralegal's performance on the job. Core courses are designed to help students understand basic legal concepts and develop the decision-making abilities needed by paralegals. Specialty courses focus on high demand areas of employment and help students to develop and apply practical and immediately marketable paralegal skills.

Part-Time Tuition-An Affordable Investment In Your Future:
The tuition for the paralegal certificate -Evening Program- is $850 per course and seminar/computer courses at $100/each (total tuition cost $7,000). Parking Fee and books are additional.

The Daytime paralegal certificate program consists of core courses and specialty courses. Core courses are designed to help students understand basic legal concepts and develop the decision-making abilities needed my paralegals. Specialty courses focus on high demand areas of employment and help students to develop and apply practical and immediately marketable paralegal skills.

Villanova offers three Full-Time Paralegal Certificate Program Sessions. 

  • The Summer Day Program begins in Mid-May and ends in late August Start Date: Monday, May 11, 2015

  • The Fall Day Program begins in early September and ends in December Start Date: Monday, August 31, 2015 (please note - starting 1 week before Labor Day for the Fall of 2015)

  • The Spring Day Program begins the second week of January and runs through mid-May. Start Date: Monday, January 11, 2016 (tentative)

The full-time day program is an accelerated version of the evening program, allowing a student to attain their Paralegal Certificate in 16 weeks.

Tuition Cost for Day Paralegal Students

The total tuition cost for the paralegal certificate -Day Program- is $7200. Parking Fee and books are additional.


Sean McCarthy - Day Paralegal Program

Valerie Okonweze - Evening Paralegal Program

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