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Certificate in Paralegal Studies

While lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal cases, they often delegate many of their tasks to paralegals. In fact, paralegals — also called legal assistants — are assuming a growing range of tasks in legal offices.

The Certificate in Applied Studies (CAS) in Paralegal Studies provides a credential for professionals changing careers into paralegal studies or for those preparing to apply to law schools. The CAS in Paralegal Studies requires 18 semester hours split into 15 hours of required courses and 3 hours of elective coursework. Face-to-face, classroom-based learning experiences are valued in the program, although some classes may be offered online or as in-class/online hybrid experiences.

The CAS is a post-bachelor’s credential that demonstrates your commitment to continuing education and learning, especially for existing paralegals seeking to advance in the field. Earning the CAS credential also helps prepare you for entering into the legal sector, either as a result of changing jobs or of entering law school.

Students in our CAS program get a feel for law as a general subject and gain valuable research and writing skills along with a foundation in the judicial system, litigation and Constitutional law. 

Post-Bachelor's Certificate

Certificate in Paralegal Studies

18 semester hours. An earned bachelor’s degree is prerequisite to enrollment in this certificate program.

Core Courses

15 semester hours.

LA 301U Introduction to Paralegal Studies
LA 302U The Judicial System
LA 303U Legal Research
LA 304U Legal Writing
LA 306U Litigation


3 semester hours from LA and LAW courses.

LA 310U Real Estate
LA 312U Family Law
LA 315U Torts
LA 316U Contract Law
LA 320U Environmental Law
LA 323U Elder Law
LA 321U Criminal Law
LA 398U Selected Topics
LAW 300U Business Law
LAW 303U Constitutional Law
LAW 304U First Amendment Law
LAW 315U Social Media Law and Ethics
LAW 321U Land Use Law
LAW 322U Employment Law and Policy
LAW 325U CyberLaw
LAW 398U Selected Topics

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Contact Us

Paralegal Studies Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133