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Law Firm Management

College of Professional Studies

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)
Location(s): Alexandria Graduate Education Center, Online Learning

Program Overview

The Law Firm Management program provides law firm professionals with the business and leadership knowledge they need to succeed in the fast-growing law firm industry. 

Program faculty consists of professors from the GW School of Business and adjunct professors who are experts in their legal fields.

Students have attended the program from law firms of varying sizes located throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Professional administrators from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; DLA Piper; Jones Day; Vinson and Elkins; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Patterson Belknap; Hogan Lovells; Weil Gotshal; and Skadden Arps; as well as companies providing services to law firms, have attended the program.

All students have professional administrative experience in law firms or related settings. Positions held by students include: Administrator, Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Human Resources, Director of Professional Development, Marketing Manager, Operations Manager, Finance Director, IT Manager, Managing Partner, Practice Group Leaders, Library, Senior Paralegals, Knowledge Management, and Counsel.

The Master of Professional Studies in Law Firm Management is a 30-credit program that can be completed in 18 months. The program combines Distance Learning and Short-Term Residencies at the GW Alexandria Graduate Education Center. The program begins each summer.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Summer only– March 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a current supervisor).

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed, course-by-course evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also, discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A resumé, indicating a minimum of three years professional administrative experience in a law firm or related setting preferred.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314

Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions
applycps@gwu.edu ~ 703.299.6782 (phone) ~ 703.299.4144 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday