GW Launches Graduate Certificate for California Paralegals

Paralegal student group in cap and gown attire
A group of Paralegal Studies graduates with program director Toni Marsh (fourth from the left).
June 02, 2019

GW will launch a new, fully online graduate certificate in California Paralegal Studies, adding to the suite of well-established and rigorous paralegal studies programs offered by the university. The new 24-credit graduate certificate is designed to meet the requirements of California Business & Professions Code §6450, offering California students the opportunity to study at a national ranked and accredited university.

“Now California students don’t have to leave home to gain access to the rich resources GW offers,” said program director Toni Marsh.

GW is the only university offering a master’s degree in Paralegal Studies and the highest-ranked national university to offer a 24-credit certificate online.

“This certificate is perfect for Californians who want to make the world a more just place while improving the quality of their own lives through a rewarding, prestigious career,” according to Dr. Christopher J. Deering, interim dean of the GW College of Professional Studies, which houses the program.

All of GW’s Paralegal Studies programs are selective and academically rigorous. Program alumni work in the loftiest halls of justice, including the United States Supreme Court, the CIA, Department of Justice, top-tier law firms, corporations, non-profits and the United States military.

The paralegal profession is thriving nationwide, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting growth of over 15%. High job growth is also anticipated in California, which already employs the highest number of paralegals in the country with strong salaries averaging $65,508. A recent survey supports that most paralegals are happy with their positions, with them reporting high job satisfaction, good wages, generous benefits, challenging work and opportunities for growth

The new 24-credit graduate certificate starts in Fall 2019. For more information about the program please visit the Paralegal Studies Graduate Certificates website.