Daytime Paralegal Program

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An ABA-Approved Program

The Daytime paralegal certificate program is an accelerated version of the evening program. The student may earn their certificate in one term of study at Villanova. The 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 by paralegals. Specialty courses focus on high demand areas of employment and help students to develop and apply practical and immediately marketable paralegal skills. Each course will require the student to become well versed with all documents necessary to apply the legal knowledge learned, and be proficient in document preparation. Documents will include pleadings, interrogatories, contracts, corporation articles and by-laws, bankruptcy petitions, petitions for custody and child support, trial briefs and memorandums, deeds, agreements of sale, inheritance tax returns, and many others.


The total tuition cost for the paralegal certificate program - 15 courses - is $7,200.00. Books and parking permit are additional.

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.

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Summer Day 2015 Schedule

First Day of Class: Monday, May 11, 2015 
Last Day of Class: August 21, 2015 (Tentative)
No Classes Scheduled: May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day; June 29 to July 3, 2015 - 4th of July Break

Fall Day 2015 Schedule

First Day of Class: Monday, August 31, 2015 
Last Day of Class: December 11, 2015 (Tentative)
No Classes Scheduled: September 7, 2015 - Labor Day; October 12 to October 16, 2015 - Fall Break; November 26 & 27, 2015 - Thanksgiving Break 

Location: Villanova University, St. Mary's Hall, Room 126
Spring Mill and County Line Roads, Villanova, PA 19085

Additional Information: Classes are offered five days each week, Monday through Friday. Two (2) classes are scheduled most days. Each class is two or three hours long.


About the Program

Core Courses

  • Basic Legal Principles
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Ethics
  • Legal Research
  • Litigation

Specialty Courses

  • Business & Commercial/Organizations
  • Business & Commercial Law/Regulations
  • Employment Law
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Real Estate
  • Torts
  • Computers: E-Research
  • Computers: Legal Information Systems
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property

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.

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.

Sean McCarthy - Day Paralegal Program

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