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Paralegal Studies Master of Professional Studies

""  Master's degree in Paralegal Studies  
32-credit 
          Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies
18-credit


As Washington D.C.’s only academic-credit bearing paralegal studies program, the master’s degree in Paralegal Studies is more than a powerful credential: it’s a signal to the best employers that you withstood the academic rigor of one of the nation’s best paralegal programs. 

You’ll study with the nation’s leading experts and get the critical knowledge and skills you need to enter legal, corporate, healthcare, or government practice with confidence and acumen.  

The master’s degree can make you eligible for salary increases, promotions, and enable you to reach a higher GS level. And as a credit-bearing program, you can qualify for military benefits and federal financial aid.

 

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Program at a Glance

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Flexible

The program is geared towards working professionals and other nontraditional students. Evening classes and online options help you manage your life’s multiple priorities.

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Powerful

This academic credit-bearing credential has been named among the best in the nation and will boost your professional profile in tangible ways. 

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Connected

With alumni across the country, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Italy, China, Japan, England and Taiwan, you’ll join a global network of professionals.

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Where You'll Study

Where you'll study

 

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

You can study on campus at the Graduate Education Center in Alexandria, Virginia and our Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, D.C., or fully online.

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What You'll Study

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The 12 courses within the MPS in Paralegal Studies provide the perspective and understanding you need to succeed in the legal field. This program includes a total of 32 credits.

The MPS in Paralegal Studies with a Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance provides a solid legal education and a graduate certificate in healthcare corporate compliance that is accredited by the Compliance Certification Board.

 

PSLX 6210: American Jurisprudence

3 credits. This course introduces students to the foundations, theories, history and applications of the American legal system.


Participants examine local, state, and federal courts and sources of law and survey ethics and professionalism.


PSLX 6211: Legal Research and Writing

3 credits. The legal research portion of this course introduces students to the methods, tools and rules of print and online legal research and writing, including online databases and the Bluebook. 


In the legal writing portion of the course, students draft, edit, and present legal documents based upon their research, including memorandums, motions, and briefs.


PSLX 6212: Litigation

3 credits. This course provides the professional skills that are essential to supporting litigation. Ethical considerations in litigation and using legal technology are woven throughout the course.


Students explore the art and science of litigation, which includes the elements of standard civil actions; how to use technology in litigation; and examine the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, criminal procedure, juvenile procedure, and administrative procedure.


PSLX 6223: Contracts

3 credits. This foundational course examines contract elements and attendant legal ramifications; students engage in the deep analytical thinking and develop legal reasoning skills in evaluating issues arising from contract law and practice drafting and reviewing contracts.


PSLX 6224: Advanced Legal Writing

3 credits. This course includes advanced legal writing techniques and drafting for practice, including legal writing in plain English; strategies for effective writing. Students draft legal memoranda, legal correspondence, and legal pleadings. Students will refine and advance legal analysis, writing and legal citation skills.


PSLX 6225: Business Entities

3 credits. This course addresses business organizations and related business law topics including securities regulation, consumer protection, regulation and compliance.


PSLX 6214: Administrative Law

3 credits. This course explores sources of law, administrative procedures, immigration law, trials and hearings, and ethical considerations.


PSLX 6215: Government Contracts

3 credits. This course surveys how to create, administer, draft, change, and terminate government contracts and introduces students to the unique research materials and sources of government contract law.


PSLX 6226: International Law

3 credits. This course introduces students to the rules and principles that govern relations among sovereign states, international organizations, the principles and sources of international law and the differences between international and national law, trade law and international litigation.


PSLX 6227: Intellectual Property Law

3 credits. This course surveys the legal structure of trademarks, copyrights, and patents and the processes, supporting documentation, laws, and rules regarding prosecution and litigation.


PSLX 6294: Independent Research

2 credits. This course is a capstone to the legal study that precedes it in this program. Students conduct independent research that provides significant new insight, formulate theses based upon the research, and present their results in 20- to 30-page papers and oral presentations.


PSLX 6298: Practicum

Non-credit but required. Students work in a professional environment, using and applying the skills, knowledge and abilities they acquired in previous courses. Students engage in academic activities, including journaling, group discussions, and mock interviewing to ensure that they have an educationally significant experience that will prepare them to enter the legal field.

 

PSLX 6210: American Jurisprudence

3 credits. This course introduces students to the foundations, theories, history and applications of the American legal system.


Participants examine local, state, and federal courts and sources of law and survey ethics and professionalism.


PSLX 6211: Legal Research and Writing

3 credits. The legal research portion of this course introduces students to the methods, tools and rules of print and online legal research and writing, including online databases and the Bluebook. 


In the legal writing portion of the course, students draft, edit, and present legal documents based upon their research, including memorandums, motions, and briefs.


PSLX 6212: Litigation

3 credits. This course provides the professional skills that are essential to supporting litigation. Ethical considerations in litigation and using legal technology are woven throughout the course.


Students explore the art and science of litigation, which includes the elements of standard civil actions; how to use technology in litigation; and examine the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, criminal procedure, juvenile procedure, and administrative procedure.


PSLX 6223: Contracts

3 credits. This foundational course examines contract elements and attendant legal ramifications; students engage in the deep analytical thinking and develop legal reasoning skills in evaluating issues arising from contract law and practice drafting and reviewing contracts.


PSLX 6224: Advanced Legal Writing

3 credits. This course includes advanced legal writing techniques and drafting for practice, including legal writing in plain English; strategies for effective writing. Students draft legal memoranda, legal correspondence, and legal pleadings. Students will refine and advance legal analysis, writing and legal citation skills.


PSLX 6225: Business Entities

3 credits. This course addresses business organizations and related business law topics including securities regulation, consumer protection, regulation and compliance.

PSHC 6201: Introduction to Healthcare Corporate Compliance

(5-day Healthcare Corporate Compliance in-class residency in Alexandria VA)


3 credits. This course provides an intensive in-person/on-site overview of healthcare corporate compliance core elements and strategies for compliance plan development and implementation. It introduces key statutes, regulations, policy guidance, and enforcement initiatives that are the framework for developing a compliance plan.

PSHC 6202: Compliance with Specific Laws and Regulations I; and
PSHC 6204: Compliance with Specific Laws and Regulations II  

3 credits each. These courses cover discrete compliance topics providing students with an in-depth exploration of the healthcare laws and regulations of concern to regulators.

PSHC 6206: Case Studies in Healthcare Corporate Compliance 

(3-day Healthcare Corporate Compliance capstone residency in Alexandria VA)
3 credits. Apply the principles, laws, and regulations learned during the development of their corporate compliance work plans in PSHC 6201, PSHC 6202, and PSHC 6204. Utilizing a case study approach, students investigate and analyze compliance issues and test their diagnostic and remediation skills in applying this knowledge to real-world situations.


PSLX 6294: Independent Research

2 credits. This course is a capstone to the legal and healthcare study that precedes it in this program. Students conduct independent research that provides significant new insight, formulate theses based upon the research, and present their results in 20- to 30-page papers and oral presentations.


PSLX 6298: Practicum

Non-credit but required. Students work in a professional healthcare or legal environment, using and applying the skills, knowledge and abilities they acquired in previous courses. Students engage in academic activities, including journaling, group discussions, and mock interviewing to ensure that they have an educationally significant experience that will prepare them to enter the legal field.

 

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Admissions Information 

Applicants to the MPS in Paralegal Studies must have a:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning or international equivalent
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Applicants to the MPS in Paralegal Studies with a Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance should consult with the Paralegal Studies recruitment contact about complying with the admissions requirements for both programs.

Additional Application Information

If your first application is the master’s degree in paralegal studies and you have been admitted and registered for the first class, email [email protected] to also apply for the graduate certificate in paralegal studies.


If you need assistance, please contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling 703-299-9142.

 

Deadlines

Fully completed applications submitted on or before the priority deadline will receive an application fee waiver. An application file is considered “complete” when academic transcripts, recommendations, test scores (if applicable), employment verification (if applicable), and the completed online application (including resume and statement of purpose) are received. Applications received after the priority deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.

 

illustration of a leafFall Admission

  • Classroom-based program and online program
  • Priority deadline (application fee waived for complete applications submitted for the classroom-based program only) – May 15
  • Complete applications accepted on a space-available basis through August 15
  • Fall financial aid deadline – May 1

 

illustration of a flowerSpring Admission

  • Online program only
  • Priority deadline – September 15
  • Complete applications accepted on a space-available basis through January 3
  • Spring financial aid deadline – October 1

 

illustration of a sunSummer Admission

  • Online program only
  • Priority deadline – February 15
  • Complete applications accepted on a space-available basis through April 15
  • Summer financial aid deadline – March 1

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

Tuition is made up of many variables, so all calculations are estimates based on current tuition rates and fee structures. Total tuition and fees will adjust depending on the courses taken and the rate at which you complete your coursework. Please use this information as an approximate tuition amount based on current information and not your final investment which will appreciate over time.

Financial Aid Opportunities

 

Master's (In-Person Classroom)  

Tuition (Spring 2018-Summer 2019 Terms):
32 credits @ $925 /credit hour

 

$29,600

 

Registration Fees:
4 registration sessions @ $35 each
$140

TOTAL: Tuition + fees (estimate)

$29,740
   
Master's (Online Classroom)  
Tuition (Spring 2018-Summer 2019 Terms):
32 credits @ $1,090 /credit hour
$34,880
Registration Fees:
4 registration sessions @ $35 each
$140
TOTAL: Tuition + fees (estimate) $35,020
   

Other costs to consider:

 

Application fee:

$80

Textbooks:

$600

Matriculation Fee (one time) $200

 

 

 

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"I could not have imagined just how well this degree has fit into my life. It has made me completely prepared for everything that I have had to face, both in the federal government and in the private sector."

 

Jennifer Tillson
Program Graduate

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Contacts 

 

Avery Hymel

Senior Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist
571-553-0150 
[email protected]

 

 

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Information Sessions

We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about the Paralegal Studies Graduate Certificate. Contact the program representative to learn more about upcoming events. 

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