Paralegal Certificate Program

An ABA-Approved Program

The ABA definition of legal assistant/paralegal is “A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”

The demand for paralegals and legal assistants according to the U.S. Department of Labor is projected to grow 17% between 2012 and 2022, above the average of all other occupations. Find out more about the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics here

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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.

Villanova offers both a full-time day program that can be completed in four months and a part-time evening program that can be completed in one year.

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

For more information or if you have questions, call 610.519.4310 or email The Office of Continuing Studies is open Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

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 syllabus and description.

If the coordinator determines that the student has presented sufficient evidence of completion of a course which satisfies program requirements, it will be accepted.

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.



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