Paralegal Studies

In association with The GW Law School


Classes held at our Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA campuses and online.

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An academic degree program

George Washington University’s Graduate Certificate and Master’s degree in Paralegal Studies are Washington, DC’s only academic-credit bearing paralegal studies credentials.
This means that when you enroll in either of these GW Paralegal Studies programs you qualify for military benefits, federal financial aid, and in earning one you become eligible for salary increases, promotions, and a higher GS level.
The confidence to succeed
When you join the most selective program in Washington, DC you join a community of learners and gain access to alumni networks, dedicated career resources, employment opportunities, learning tools, mentorship, and support.
The skills the market demands
The legal market is competitive and getting more so1. GW gives you the skills employers demand so you can distinguish yourself: written and oral communication, complex task management, legal research, and leadership.
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Nontraditional students: we get it

Non-traditional students earn diplomas too
Many of our students are returning to school after years of working at other careers, raising families, or serving in the military. Their needs are different from traditional students’ needs and we get that. We accommodate our students’ unique needs and learning styles.
With classes running throughout the academic year, day or evening, on-campus and online, you have options.
GW’s students services and career services offices offer resources to help you succeed at GW and in your career.

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Commencement on the National Mall
When you earn a master’s degree from George Washington University you are invited to participate in the Nation’s only Commencement exercises on the National Mall.
Imagine the pride you will feel as you stand on that historic ground and receive a master’s degree from the university named for and conceived of by George Washington himself.
More than a Degree: A Family
The GW Paralegal Student Association and the GW Paralegal Alumni Association are robust and active in the the university and the profession. From ice cream socials to eDiscovery workshops, you’ll bond with your colleagues and create networks that will last a lifetime. Join the conversation today via Twitter or Facebook.



GW is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Video Spotlights

Meet Alumna Latoya Concepcion

Watch alumna Latoya Concepcion note how this program enhanced her legal research and writing skills leading to new opportunities at her job.

Meet Alumnus Shaun Goodfriend

Watch alumnus Shaun Goodfriend share how his GW graduate certificate helped him stand out during the interview process.

Meet Alumna Jennifer Tilson

Watch alumna Jennifer Tilson share how she felt prepared for challenges in both the federal and the private sectors.

Meet Professor Ethel Badawi

Watch professor Ethel Badawi share advice and insight into the power of the community she fosters in the classroom.

Meet Alumna Britt Curtis

Watch alumna Britt Curtis describe how a GW credential opens doors.

Meet Professor Don Cravins Jr

Watch Professor Don Cravins Jr describe how his perspective is leveraged to prepare our students as paralegals.

Meet Alumna Angela Masciulli

Watch alumna Angela Masciulli describe how her degree has prepared her for many professional opportunities.

Meet Professor John McHugh

Watch Professor John McHugh describe how GW faculty's real-world knowledge and networks benefit their students.