Paralegal Studies

College of Professional Studies

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.), Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Alexandria Graduate Education Center, Online Learning

Program Overview

The GW paralegal studies program prepares its graduates to work in demanding legal environments by affording them the cognitive knowledge and practical skills that such employment demands: writing and speaking clearly, concisely, and effectively; conducting research and presenting the results; analyzing legal issues; thinking critically; working individually and in teams; operating professionally and ethically; protecting client confidences; and avoiding conflicts of interest among them.

Courses balance theoretical, philosophical, and historical study of law with practical applications of communication, analysis, ethics, and legal technology. Courses are designed in conjunction with the legal, governmental, business, financial, and international communities to ensure they are relevant and topical.

The credits earned through the graduate certificates may be applied to the on-campus or online MPS in Paralegal Studies. Students may also combine the graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies with a graduate certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance for an MPS in Paralegal Studies with a concentration in Healthcare Corporate Compliance.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall Priority Deadline – April 15
Fall Final Deadline –  June15

Spring Priority Deadline – August 1
Spring Final Deadline - October 1

Recommendations required:

One (1) recommendation (preferably 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 international 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.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Admission
College of Professional Studies
The George Washington University
44983 Knoll Square, Suite B56
Ashburn, VA 20147

Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions
[email protected] ~ 202-994-2083 (phone) 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday