Paralegal Studies Master of Professional Studies

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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. Paralegals perform substantive legal work, but may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

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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ABA American Bar Association, ABA Approved Paralegal Program




Paralegal Studies Program Gains ABA Approval

George Washington University’s Paralegal Studies program has met the approval of the American Bar Association for the excellence of its curriculum, faculty and administration, the only such program granted the designation in Washington, D.C. GW joins 260 programs nationally that have met the organization’s requirements.

“We are absolutely delighted to be joining the ranks of elite paralegal programs across the nation,” said Toni Marsh, director of the GW Paralegal Studies program."

Paralegal Studies Program Gains American Bar Association Approval, GW Today, 8/20/2021


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Program at a Glance




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




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




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

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

You can study on campus at the Alexandria Education Center in Alexandria, Virginia or online. Students in the online program must take nine semester credits of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction. This will be provided through live online class sessions.


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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.


  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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Who You'll Study With



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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

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

A maximum of one legal specialty course required for the degree may be approved for transfer to the Graduate Certificate 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.

A maximum of two legal specialty courses required for the degree may be approved for transfer to the Master’s degree 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 post-baccalaureate graduate-level coursework; and the student must have received a minimum grade of B in each 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

In-person and online program

  • 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

Online program only

  • Spring Priority Deadline: October 1*
  • Spring Final Deadline: December 1


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Summer Admissions

In-person and online program

  • 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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"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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Toni Marsh




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Request Information

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.