Master’s in Paralegal Studies Online
Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies Online
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Earn a Premier Paralegal Degree

One of a select few paralegal master’s degrees in the country and designed specifically for working professionals, GW’s online paralegal studies programs can take you to a rewarding career with real earning potential.

If you are an established paralegal who aspires to advance in the profession, GW’s Master’s in Paralegal Studies online program will give you the skills and confidence you need to succeed and lead the field.

If you are seeking to enter the profession, the GW Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies is the credential that law offices recognize and respect.

Gain the skills employers demand

Written and oral communication skills – good writing and confident speaking – are, by far, the skill set that employers value most. Master them and you will have an advantage in the market.

Students in the GW Paralegal Studies programs learn to write and to present. From the first class to the last, students write and present in multiple formats using the latest technologies.

  • Scholarly. High level, rigorous, and scholarly, GW provides historical and theoretical context
  • Practical. Learn to write, speak, solve problems, and use the latest technology
  • Topical. Explore legal specialties: government law, intellectual property law, and international law
  • Workable. Pursue your degree alongside peers from across the nation and the world without disrupting personal or professional obligations

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Why Earn a Paralegal Degree from GW?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal profession is expected to grow by 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employers want paralegals with the professional acumen and demonstrated commitment to the field to play a strategic and vital role on contemporary legal teams.

Toni Marsh

Toni Marsh
Director, GW Paralegal Studies Program

GW’s passion for excellence is reflected in everything we do; your passion for the law and for that excellence is what brought you to GW.

There are lots of programs out there that are good; some are really good. But for some people, good enough is not good enough. For those people, there’s GW.

GW students want to be the best paralegals they can be and seek to lead the profession. GW students are ambitious, fearless, influential, and engaged.

If you share this passion for excellence and you are ready to go the distance, I invite you to contact an Enrollment Advisor to discuss how GW can help you get where you want to go.

Hear more about the online master’s program from Professor Marsh Hear more about the online master's program from Professor Marsh

A Rigorous and
Practical Curriculum

Designed by experts, the GW Paralegal Studies programs provide advanced credentials to boost your career and earning potential.

The curriculum emphasizes written and oral communication, task management and technology. Courses balance the theory, philosophy and history of law with practical skills.

The high-level scholarly approach distinguishes GW from other programs: our graduates gain a deep understanding that allows them to become contributing members of legal teams.

The online programs yield the same degree and feature the same curriculum as the on-campus program.

Course Name Credit
Hours
Graduate Certificate Master’s
Degree
American Jurisprudence 3
Legal Research and Writing 3
Advanced Legal Writing 3
Litigation 3
Contracts 3
Business Entities 3
Administrative Law 3
Government Contracts Law 3
Intellectual Property Law 3
International Law 3
Independent Research 2
Practicum 0
Total Credit Hours 18 32

A Program With the Highest Standards

GW’s Master’s in Paralegal Studies program is recognized for meeting and redefining the needs of the profession.

The industry experienced a dynamic evolution in the early 2000s resulting in a new demand for sophisticated and highly educated paralegals. GW’s Master’s in Paralegal Studies has been recognized by the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) for providing two of the best paralegal courses in the country; by leading federal agencies and law firms for producing exceptional paralegal professionals; and by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association as one of the nation’s best online programs.

Accreditation and Recognition

 

The George Washington University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The GW paralegal studies program is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), International Paralegal Management Association (IPMA), Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), and National Capital Area Paralegal Association (NCAPA).

Develop Specialized Skills That Employers Demand

Employers demand real skills like written and oral communication, time management, and technology, and GW provides them.

As a GW Paralegal Studies graduate, you will have the confidence, knowledge, skills and professional network to fulfill your passion for the law in a rewarding career.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal profession is expected to grow by 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employers want paralegals with the professional acumen and demonstrated commitment to the field to play a strategic and vital role on contemporary legal teams.

Toni Marsh

Toni Marsh
Director, GW Paralegal Studies Program

GW’s passion for excellence is reflected in everything we do; your passion for the law and for that excellence is what brought you to GW.

There are lots of programs out there that are good; some are really good. But for some people, good enough is not good enough. For those people, there’s GW.

GW students want to be the best paralegals they can be and seek to lead the profession. GW students are ambitious, fearless, influential, and engaged.

If you share this passion for excellence and you are ready to go the distance, I invite you to contact an Enrollment Advisor to discuss how GW can help you get where you want to go.

Hear more about the online master’s program from Professor Marsh Hear more about the online master's program from Professor Marsh

Graduate profiles

StephanieWooster

Stephanie Wooster

2013 Graduate

Those who work in the legal field know life isn’t always pretty as a picture. Former art history professor Stephanie Lynne Wooster found this out the hard way. Despite having a master’s degree in both fine art and art history, she could not find work in either field. Instead, she summoned her creativity to visualize a new path. The complex nature of legal studies attracted the artist and inspired her to make the unusual career shift…

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AngelaMasciulli

Angela Masciulli

2013 Graduate

When Angela Masciulli married into the military, she didn’t immediately realize the limitations it could place on her career. Employers often rejected her because of the likelihood she could leave the job if her husband was relocated. However, the aspiring lawyer persisted and eventually welcomed an opportunity to serve as a paralegal. This experience shifted her trajectory permanently, as she found she enjoyed the paralegal profession…

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PattiVanheyde

Patti VanHeyde

2016 Graduate

Some people see college as a direct route to a specific career. Others see more opportunity studying what truly interests them, regardless of job implications. Design firm owner Patti VanHeyde is firmly among the latter. She has bachelor’s degrees in education, biology and chemistry. But Patti isn’t a teacher, chemist or biologist. She works full time building and selling attractive houses, with some of her work even being featured in her community…

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TrinaNycolBrown

Trina Nycol Brown

2014 Graduate

Sometimes it takes a hard look at life to determine what matters most. Trina Brown, senior legal specialist for an International Corporation, knew she had a mind for law, but she also knew that career path took time. With a young son to consider, Trina dissected her goals and discovered an equally fulfilling path. Pursuing work as a paralegal didn’t force her to decide between being involved in the legal world and being a part of her son’s life…

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Who Should Choose GW’s Online Paralegal Programs?

Traits of Successful Paralegals

Paralegals are organized, have an eye for detail, collaborate well, and enjoy watching all the pieces of a complex matter come together.

They have good administrative sense, are inquisitive, and can contribute to an overarching goal. They have a solid work ethic, positive attitude, and can work independently yet are exceptional at developing relationships.

Good paralegals know what they want and how to get it. Companies of all sizes and industries across the globe value these skills which means that there is virtually unlimited potential for paralegals to pursue rewarding and exciting careers.

New Paralegals Entering the Profession

Whether they are just entering the profession or pivoting from another career, many pursue paralegal careers to fulfill their passion for the law.

The graduate certificate is perfect for people from diverse academic and professional backgrounds who seek to enter the profession.

Whether you have always been intrigued by the law, have come to the law seeking to make a difference, or see the law as a personally and professionally rewarding career – GW will help you get from there to where you want to be.

Career Paralegals Seeking Advancement

Once titled “legal assistants” or “legal secretaries” and considered only for clerical work, paralegals now have numerous career options with increasing levels of responsibility.

Paralegals with experience, credentials and ambitious career goals can be promoted within their current organization, pursue new opportunities in different settings, and qualify for a higher pay scale. Law firms, corporations, and government agencies have identified the need for paralegal managers who are accountable for hiring, training and managing a team of paralegals.

Law School Hopefuls

Some people pursue a paralegal education as a prelude to law school.

The paralegal education allows them to gain a foundation for later legal studies, work in the field while they go to law school, establish a professional network before they even take the bar and to gauge whether they truly have what it takes to enter the field.

Often these students realize that the paralegal profession is their true calling. Some students discover that they get many of the benefits and personal satisfaction of working in the legal field without the expensive investment of law school; they get to work in a law firm, contribute to important cases, help people, and do exciting work without the increased stress or career sensitivity to economic fluctuations.

Future Paralegal Educators

Other people are driven to teach and know that a Master’s Degree in Paralegal Studies is a requirement in many cases to be a paralegal educator.

To be a professor, many academic institutions require a terminal degree within the field of instruction. In the paralegal profession, the GW master’s degree is the highest degree available and is one of only few paralegal master’s degrees offered in the country. Earning GW’s Master’s of Paralegal Studies degree is a recognized accomplishment that could open new doors in your career.

Where Paralegals Work

The increased reliance on paralegals has opened new professional opportunities in all industries and work settings.

Paralegals work for law firms both large and small, government agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations and even as independent consultants.

Paralegals work in a variety of industries and can specialize in any of numerous areas of practice including banking and investments, contracts, corporate affairs, criminal law, employment and labor law, entertainment law, family law, federal or jurisdictional law, healthcare reform, intellectual property and patent law, insurance, international trade and finance, litigation, medical malpractice, real estate, personal injury, public interest, and more.

Professional experiences and paralegal career paths vary greatly in each legal setting and specialty, offering paralegals the opportunity to find work in an area that aligns with their personal motivations and career goals.

Fuel Your Passion.

You have a passion for the law. You’re driven to influence lives, innovate, and lead in an exciting and growing field. You are part of a diverse group of professionals whose interests and career goals vary widely, but who share a love for the law and an ambition to excel.

GW’s online Master of Paralegal Studies program attracts students from a wide range of professional backgrounds at all stages of their careers. Whether just starting out, pivoting from another profession, advancing within the field or considering law school, GW paralegal students share passion and ambition.


FUEL YOUR PASSION

Learn More

Looking for more info about the program or paralegal profession? We invite you to contact our Recruitment Services office to speak with a personal Enrollment Advisor, watch any of our webinar recordings or connect with us through the GW Paralegal Studies peer-to-peer network.

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