Evening Paralegal Program

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An ABA Approved Program 

The evening paralegal certificate program has been a part of the Office of Continuing Studies since 1983. Courses are offered four terms each year.


The total tuition cost for the paralegal certificate, is $7,000 ($850 per course/$100 Ethics Seminar, plus $100 for all 4 Computer Courses.) Books and parking fee are additional. Tuition is payable per course at the beginning of each term.

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. Each course provides 3.3 C.E.U.'s (or 33 contact hours), except the Ethics & Computer Seminars which provides 1.0 C.E.U.'s (or 10 contact hours.)

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Course Dates Location

Evening Sessions:

Spring Term
Start Date:February 23, 2015
End Date:May 15, 2015

Summer Term
Start Date: May 18, 2015
End Date: August 14, 2015

Fall Term - tentative
Start Date: August 24, 2015
End Date: November 23, 2015

Winter Term
Start Date: TBD
End Date: TBD

Class Times: 6:00 - 9:00PM

Villanova University - Main Campus
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

About the Program

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. 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.

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 request a pre-admission interview and counseling session through the Office of Continuing Studies. 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.

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.

In order to to graduate from the program and receive a certificate, students must: complete all courses with a grade of “C” or above; complete an Exit Exam; submit a Portfolio of written work.

Required Core Courses and Seminars

  • Basic Legal Principles/Contracts (taken together - graded individually)
  • Legal Research
  • Litigation
  • Computer Courses *
  • Ethics Seminar
  • * Computer Curriculum - Computer classes are offered on Thursday nights. E-Research 1 must be taken during the same session as Basic Legal Principles. E-Research 2 must be taken during the same session as Legal Research. Legal Information Systems 1 must be taken the same session as Litigation. Legal Information Systems 2 may be taken during any session when a specialty course is taken.

Recommended Business Curriculum

  • Business Organizations
  • Business Regulations
  • Torts
  • Employment Law
  • Employee Benefits

Recommended General Curriculum

  • Business General
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Real Estate
  • Criminal Law

All students must complete: 3 Core Courses; the Computer Courses; the Ethics Seminar; and 5 Elective Courses from either Curriculum.


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

In order to complete the program in one calendar year, a student should take the recommended or available courses as listed on the Academic Calendar/Course Schedule. This requires taking 2 courses per term as well as completion of the (1) 10 hour Ethics seminars and the (4) 3 hour required computer segment courses.

Course Calendar
Basic Legal/Contracts AND
E-Research 1 
Basic Legal/Contracts:
AND E-Research 1
Business Organizations Criminal Law
Legal Research AND  
E-Research 2
Litigation AND Legal Information Systems 1
Litigation AND
Legal Information Systems 1
Employee Benefits
Business General  Real Estate
Legal Support Systems 2 Business Regulations
Ethic Seminar:
Friday/6:00pm - 9:30pm
Saturday/9:00am - 4:30pm

Ethic Seminar:
Friday/6:00pm - 9:30pm
Saturday/9:00am - 4:30pm
SPRING Legal Support Systems 2
Basic Legal/Contracts AND
E-Research 1 
Legal Research AND  
E-Research 2
Basic Legal/Contracts AND E-Research 1
Real Estate Business Regulations
Business General Employment Law
Legal Support Systems 2 Estates & Trusts
Business Organizations Family Law
Family Law Legal Support Systems 2
Ethic Seminar:
Friday/6:00pm - 9:30pm 
Saturday/ 9:00am - 4:30pm
Career Training Seminar:
Held one Saturday in the Fall and Spring Terms for current Evening and Day Students.

Class days may need to be adjusted for instructor scheduling and room availability issues.

*Class Times: Monday through Thursday are 6:00 to 9:00pm. Seminars times as noted above

Sean McCarthy - Day Paralegal Program

Valerie Okonweze - Evening Paralegal Program

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