Paralegal Schools in Virginia

The body of knowledge required to effectively perform legal support services can only come from a formal education in paralegal studies. As attorneys, corporations and government agencies work within an increasingly complex legal framework, the level of responsibility they expect paralegals to be able to take on has also increased. Law offices and other employers in Virginia have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.

Not sure where to turn for a quality paralegal education? We got you covered. We’ve assembled a list of the best of the best in paralegal education, whether you’re looking to break into the profession for the first time, or if you’re prepping for that big promotion.

There’s likely never been a better time to become a paralegal, thanks to the fact that programs at every level are widely available online.

We understand that choosing a program is an important first step for the future of your career in the legal field, so we’ve narrowed down the programs available in Virginia to only those that available at schools that hold regional or national accreditation.

All you have to do is request information to find out more about key points and tuition costs so you can get a quick glimpse of each program and find the one that catches your attention and meets your needs.

So, whether you want to climb the steps of one of Alexandria’s county courthouses or work alongside high-powered attorneys in one of Richmond’s many law firms, we’ve got the paralegal programs that will get you there.

 

American National University, Inc. (formerly National College Roanoke Valley Campus): Salem

Paralegal Associate Degree – campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

We love the flexibility and personal attention offered through American National University. Students here can take day and evening classes– and small class sizes (averaging a 15:1 student-teacher ratio) ensure plenty of interaction with faculty. And did we mention that all instructors here also bring their real-world field experiences to the classroom?

 

Germanna Community College: Locust Grove

Certificate- Legal Assistant – campus

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

The legal assistant certificate at Germanna Community College is ideal for making your first foray into the paralegal profession. Complete your certificate here and then seamlessly transfer your credits to Northern Virginia Community College or J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College to earn an AAS degree.

 

Hampton University: Hampton

Certificate in Paralegal Studies – online

BA- Paralegal Studies – online

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Online study has never been easier than it is through Hampton University. Their web-based virtual campus offers students the ability to study at home, while their student support services ensure students never feel out of touch. Students here can complete the certificate in paralegal studies in just one academic year, taking them from classroom to boardroom in no time.

 

Sargeant Reynolds Community College: Richmond

Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, with specializations offered in general practice and litigation – campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Reynolds Community College caught our attention, not for just for their ABA approved program, but also for their strong system of support that ensures students have the guidance they need to be successful. As one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, Reynolds also offers highly affordable programs that are accessible to most.

 

Lord Fairfax Community College: Middletown

AAS- Paralegal Studies

Certificate -Office Legal Assistant/Paralegal Studies

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

As one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, Lord Fairfax CC offers an affordable tuition and two paralegal programs to choose from. Whether you want to pursue an entry-level pre-degree certificate or associate’s degree, Lord Fairfax can accommodate your needs.

 

Northern Virginia Community College: Alexandria

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies – campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

If you’re looking for a flexible paralegal program with affordable tuition costs, look no further than Northern Virginia Community College. Every semester, some of the courses of their AAS program are offered online, others are offered in a traditional classroom setting, and some are even offered in a hybrid format, which includes classroom meetings with a strong, online component.

 

Thomas Nelson Community College: Hampton

AAS in Paralegal Studies

Legal Assistant Certificate

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

We love Thomas Nelson Community College because you can be sure you’ll get the practical experience and classroom instruction you need, thanks to an integrated internship. Plus, their AAS program is offered at Virginia Community College tuition prices, making it affordable and accessible to most.

 

Tidewater Community College: Norfolk

Paralegal General Practice Specialist certificate

Legal Assistant certificate

Litigation Specialist certificate

AAS Paralegal Studies

  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Why do we love Tidewater Community College? Because students here learn from the best—all program faculty have law degrees. This Virginia community college encourages students to seek internships and cooperative education programs, both of which earn credits that can be applied toward program completion. Plus, the program is guided and led by an advisory committee of lawyers, local judges, and experienced paralegals.

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