Earn a degree in paralegal studies

Are you an aspiring paralegal?

Enhance your expertise and career options with a degree or certificate in Paralegal Studies from the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

We offer two undergraduate programs of study in Paralegal Studies:

  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies — Paralegal
  • Post-Bachelor’s Certificate of Applied Studies — Paralegal

Our certificate requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Learn from experts in the field.

Gain the skills, critical understanding and confidence necessary as a legal assistant to assist attorneys in the preparation of legal documents. Expand your knowledge of real estate law, environmental law, intellectual property, criminal law and more as you learn from professors with decades of legal experience.

Be engaged in the legal system.

Prepare yourself to become a top-level paralegal. Since law offices and courts cannot function without knowledgeable, trained paralegals, legal assistants and clerks, the paralegal profession is both dynamic and diverse.

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Flexible

The University of Richmond combines the resources of a private liberal arts college with the scheduling needs of working professionals. Classes are scheduled in the evenings and during summers on the University of Richmond campus, located conveniently in Richmond’s near West End with ample parking and all-night library access. Late-night assistance with technology, presentations and writing is also available.

Transfer opportunities.

Transfer

Agreements with Reynolds Community College, John Tyler Community College and Richard Bland College ensure undergraduate transfer credit into our BS in Professional Studies degree, and we also accept credit from a wide range of regionally accredited higher education institutions. We also accept CLEP, IB and AP credits, we generally accept ACE-evaluated transcript credit, and we also award credit for prior work experience as documented in a portfolio process.

For less than expected.

Value

Our degree programs offer you the personalized attention and small class size of a private university at a price that compares favorably with a public education. Our undergraduate tuition rate is $480* per semester hour, and you can complete your bachelor’s degree with as few as 60 semester hours or earn the certificate with 21 semester hours. Scholarships are available and our programs qualify for financial aid.

*Based on 2017-18 tuition rate

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