The in-person, daytime Paralegal Professional Certificate Program consists of 15 courses, taken over the course of one semester on Villanova's campus in the Philadelphia area. Courses take place Monday through Friday with classes running between 9:00-4:00pm.  Full-Time cohorts begin in August and January each year.

By taking classes in-person, students in this program have a unique opportunity to connect with their classmates and instructors, as well as take full advantage of the resources and networking opportunities available via the Villanova University Career Center.

Fall 2024 application and materials are due by August 12th.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

For the Fall 2024 Full-Time Day cohort, we welcome applicants who have earned an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science to apply to the program. This requirement only pertains to the Full-Time Day cohort. 


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Program cost:



*Books and parking fees are additional.


Classes run from August 26- December 13

Student Orientation: Wednesday, August 14

Fall Break: October 14-18

Courses take place Monday through Friday with classes running between 9:00-4:00pm.


The following items must be submitted as part of the application process:

  • Official transcript(s) showing proof of Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Essay: Writing sample of career goals. Download essay guidelines.
  • Resume
  • $50.00 application fee

Applications for the Paralegal Program are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

For the Fall 2024 Full-Time Day cohort, we welcome applicants who have earned an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science to apply to the program. This only pertains to the Full-Time Day cohort.

Deadlines: Application and materials are due

  • August 12th for the Fall 2024 Full-Time Day Program

Transfer Courses:

Students may petition for Villanova to accept a transfer course from another ABA Approved Paralegal program.  All policies related to the transfer of courses are found in the Non-Credit Professional Programs Supplement.

In addition to the above requirements, international Paralegal Program applicants must also submit:

  • Official English translation of transcripts by WES or NACES-approved agency
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers
  • Completed Certification of Finances form along with bank statement (dated no later than three months prior to the submission of your application) showing the ability to meet tuition and living expenses. If the bank statement is not in the applicant's name, then a letter of support must accompany the bank statement of the account holder stating he/she will financially support the application while he/she is attending Villanova.

All international CPS students must secure their own housing.


Students complete the following courses:

  • Civil Procedure & Litigation
  • Business Organizations
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Ethics
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Introduction to Paralegal Profession & Principles 
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Paralegal Office Coordination
  • Real Estate Law
  • Torts and Personal Injury Law

To earn a Villanova University certificate of completion, students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or higher in each class, complete a program exit exam, and submit a portfolio of class assignments.


$8,625 for in-person daytime cohort ($575 per course)

Books and parking are additional.

Payment Plans

CPS students enrolling in the Paralegal Program may participate in a payment plan. Payment plans are offered through Nelnet Campus Commerce, and students are encouraged to reach out to Nelnet directly through the NCC website.

Please note:

  • Payments must be made over the course of three months.
  • There is an additional $45 payment plan fee for each semester. 
  • To initiate the use of a payment plan for an upcoming course, contact Lisa Weber for a specific code to submit with the application.

Financial Aid

While federal financial aid is not available for the Paralegal program, there are private loan opportunities available! 

Set an appointment with a member of our financial assistance team to learn more.

  • Last Name A-M:  Book Now with Financial Counselor, Nathan Walch 
  • Last Name N-Z: Book Now with Financial Counselor, Alycia DiNardo

For additional financial information, including cancellation policies, billing and payments, visit Admissions & Enrollment.

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  • Operating System: Windows 10 (32 bit or 64 bit)
  • Processor: Pentium 4 - 2.8 GHz (or faster)
  • Memory (RAM): 8 GB
  • Office Suite: MS Office 2013 or Office 365 Please remember that as a student, you have free and full access to Microsoft Office 365, the cloud-based version of the Office Desktop. Your Office 365 username is [youruserid]@villanova.edu.
  • Internet Browser: Firefox (Latest version) or Chrome (Latest version)
  • Internet Service: DSL, Cable, or Satellite

Other Required Components:

  • Headset with microphone
  • Webcam
  • Current version of Flash player
  • Adobe Reader
  • Browser configuration must support Javascript, allow cookies, and popup blockers must be turned off

Students enrolled in the Paralegal Certificate Program can connect with a network of more than 72 law firms and 260+ active alumni. Additionally, the College of Professional Studies (CPS) has cultivated relationships with law firms in the region and has a history of providing competent paralegals to these firms. For this reason, our graduates are routinely recruited and hired. CPS is regularly sent job opportunities by alumni and partners and shares them through Handshake, Villanova's job bank.

In addition to program specific resources offered through CPS, students enrolled in the Paralegal program have access to the Villanova University Career Center which includes:

  • Programming that assists students with defining academic and career goals and planning a successful job search
  • Access to the Villanova job bank: HandShake
  • Career Center resources to help you move forward

Nova Network is a professional networking platform that allows you to network with Villanovans in your industry or city and obtain career advice from fellow alumni.  

A career as a paralegal is ideal for professionals who are excited about the legal field and passionate about helping others. A paralegal holds a critical role within a law firm. 

“The constant feedback we’re heard from attorneys and law firms is that the office does not run without paralegals." - Liz Remelius, the Assistant Director of Professional Education in CPS.

Additional information is available about the paralegal profession, it's place in the legal field and the job opportunities available to paralegals:

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Villanova, PA 19085

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

Read the Notices for Distance Education Students


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Enhance your resume.

Professional education classes enable you to add new skills, expertise, or credentials to your resume and make you even more valuable to your employer.

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Expand your professional network.

Communicating and building relationships with your classmates and instructors can open new doors in your career.

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Learn from industry experts.

All programs are taught by instructors who have worked or who are currently working in the field, and who are able to share practical applications and real world examples of topics in the course.