Paralegal Studies Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

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ABA American Bar Association, ABA Approved Paralegal Program


This powerful, marketable credential is a point of entry into the paralegal profession or law school. Study with the nation’s leading legal experts in the nation’s capital at GW’s Alexandria Education Center.

The Bachelor's in Paralegal Studies is an ABA-approved 60-credit bachelor’s degree completion program that offers an affordable, convenient way to enter the exciting paralegal profession or go on to law school.

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree at an affordable cost in under two years
  • Join a global network of alumni and scholars
  • Enjoy individualized academic and career support


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Program at a Glance



Affordable & Convenient

Tuition is lower than standard GW tuition and financial aid options are available. Classes are held in the evenings at the GW Education Center in Alexandria, Virginia.




GW’s ABA-approved, academic credit-bearing program suite, named among the best in the nation, will boost your earning potential.




With alumni across the country and the world you’ll join a global network of professionals and academics.


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Where You'll Study

Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC or the Graduate Education Center in Alexandria, VA or online

The program is offered in-person at the GW Education Center in Alexandria, Virginia.


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What You'll Study


Law library stacks




Students take 15 four-credit courses on the art and science of the law, including litigation, legal research and writing, and legal technology.


  1. Understand key legal concepts
  2. Assess fact patterns to spot legal issues
  3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  4. Operate ethically and professionally in accordance with the law and industry guidelines
  5. Solve complex problems 
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking
  7. Manage complex projects
  8. Assess, adapt and utilize technology and online resources
  9. Conduct research to answer legal questions
  10. Integrate sources and Bluebook citations
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12% job growth

Paralegal field: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts 12% growth through 2028.

$83,330  salary

Paralegal graduate career opportunities are increasing in demand, according to BLS. Competitive salaries, averaging $83,330 in the D.C. metro area.

500+ alumni

With 500+ alumni from the master’s degree & graduate certificate programs, B.A. students will benefit from the vast professional network & experienced faculty.


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Admissions Information 

Applicants to the B.P.S. in Paralegal Studies must have an:

  • Associate’s degree in arts or science from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning or international equivalent; or
  • 60 transferable credit hours;
  • Applicants need proof of high school completion (final high school transcript, GED, or copy of high school diploma), if the applicant has not earned an associate’s degree;
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

You’ll also have to complete our online application and submit the necessary required materials, including one letter of recommendation (academic or professional). If you need assistance, please contact us by emailing

Admissions Process


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Tuition & Aid

GW tuition and fees are comparable to the national average for private universities. These costs are set by the GW Board of Trustees and generally increase year to year, variable by program and location.

A maximum of one legal specialty course required for the degree may be approved for transfer to the B.A. in Paralegal Studies from credit earned while enrolled as a non-degree student at GW or from another degree-granting school of this University or another accredited college or university.

For transfer credit to be approved, all of these conditions must be met:

  • The coursework must be from an accredited institution and must have been taken within the two years prior to matriculation;
  • It must be approved as part of the student’s program of studies;
  • It must not have been applied to the completion of requirements for another degree;
  • It must be 300- or 400-level undergraduate coursework; and the student must have received a minimum grade of B in the course for which transfer credit is requested.

Requests for transfer credit must be submitted in writing and approved by the program director and the Dean during the student’s first year in the program. An official transcript of the coursework must be on file before the request can be considered.


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Applicants that have complete applications are eligible to request an application fee waiver by 11:59 p.m. on the Priority Deadline.* To request an application fee waiver, contact your program representative before submitting your application. Fee waiver details. Applications received after the Final Deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.


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 Fall Admissions
  • Fall Priority Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Final Deadline: August 1

Applications accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis


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Spring Admissions

  • Not offered


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Summer Admissions
  • Not offered


Note for International Students: Applicants must submit their complete applications by the deadlines listed on the International Student Admissions page. These deadlines are at least two months before the deadline for admitted students to submit visa request paperwork.

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Information Sessions

We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about GW's Paralegal Studies programs. Contact the program representative to learn more about upcoming events.