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.

About the Program

Core Courses

  • Basic Legal Principles
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Ethics
  • Legal Research
  • Document Preparation
  • 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

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.

Fall Day 2015 Course Schedule

First Day of Class: Monday, August 31, 2015 
Last Day of Class: Friday, December 18, 2015 (Tentative)
No Classes Scheduled:  September 7, 2015 - Labor Day; October 12-16, 2015 -Fall Break; November 26 & 27, 2015 - Thanksgiving Break 
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.

Course Dates Location

Fall Day 2015 Program begins
Monday, August 31, 2015 

Registration Deadline - August 24, 2015

Villanova University Main Campus
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
* Summer Day Calendar 2015 - UPDATED 5-8-15.pdf
(check back for the Fall Day 2015 Calendar)


The total tuition cost for the paralegal certificate - 15 courses - is $6,900.00. Books 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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