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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs

Virginia

American National University, Inc. (f/k/a National College Roanoke Valley Campus), Salem
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond
Marymount University, Arlington
Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria

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American National University, Inc. (f/k/a National College Roanoke Valley Campus)
Paralegal Program
1813 East Main Street
Salem, VA 24153
Director: Linda D. Slough
Telephone: 540-444-5237
Fax: 540-444-5287
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Type of Institution: Private: 2-yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 years
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.an.edu/programs/paralegal-associates/
Description: Graduates of this program will have a basic understanding of the core areas of law and the court system. They will be able to draft routine pleadings and other legal documents, interview clients, conduct independent research of non-legal matters, conduct legal research of simple legal questions, and draft legal memoranda all under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals are employed by attorneys, law offices, corporations, governmental agencies and other entities and work under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals are prohibited by law from offering legal services directly to the public.

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J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
Parham Road Campus
Post Office Box 85622
Richmond, VA 23285-5622
Director: Susan H. Brewer
Telephone: 804.523.5605
Fax: 804.371.3588

Type of Institution: Public, 2yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.reynolds.edu
Description: J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science Program in Legal Assisting which requires 67 credits for graduation. The Program contains two specializations: Litigation and General Practice. Litigation is designed for those students who want to work with an attorney in civil litigation. General Practice is designed for students who wish to work in real estate, bankruptcy, or estate planning and probate.

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Marymount University
Paralegal Studies Program
2807 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207-4299
Director: Susanne Ninassi
Telephone: 703.284.5934
Fax: 703.527.3830

For more information: www.marymount.edu
Degrees Offered: Baccalaureate, Masters, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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Northern Virginia Community College
Paralegal Studies / Legal Assisting Program
3001 North Beauregard
Alexandria, VA 22311
Director: Joyce McMillan
Telephone: 703.845.4601
Fax: 703.845.6006

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 4 semesters for high school graduates; 2 semesters for college graduates
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.nvcc.edu/curcatalog/programs/pdf/Paralegal-AAS.pdf
Description: Northern Virginia Community College's paralegal studies program offers undergraduate students both a broad two year general education in liberal arts and specialized legal education. The curriculum includes eleven legal specialty courses, which balance study and critical analysis of substantive law with development of practical paralegal skills. College graduates are exempt from the general education requirements, and can earn their degrees after completing the eleven legal courses. Practical experience is offered through supervised pro bono clinics and volunteer internships. Placement assistance and career counseling are available. A full range of day and evening courses is offered each semester.

Updated: 05/16/2014

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