Paralegal Studies Master's Degree Program and Graduate Certificate


Why Earn Your Paralegal Studies Master of Professional Studies Degree and Graduate Certificate from GW?

GW’s is Washington, D.C.’s only academic-credit bearing Paralegal Studies program. It’s a signal that you withstood the academic rigor of one of the nation’s best paralegal programs. You will study with leading experts and gain the critical knowledge and skills needed to successfully enter legal, corporate, healthcare, or government practice.



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Achieve Your Career Goals

Designed for working professionals like you who want to further your career in an exciting field by joining the next generation of globally-connected legal professionals, you can earn a graduate certificate after 18 and 24 credits, or earn a 32-credit Master of Professional Studies degree in Paralegal Studies, in just 2 years.

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Flexible Learning Options

Paralegal Studies Master’s degree and Graduate Certificate students have the option of studying online or in person at our Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, D.C. or the Graduate Education Center in Alexandria, Virginia, making the program both convenient and flexible.

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Personalized Career Guidance

GW’s Career Services Office provides one-on-one coaching, career planning, networking, and resources to help Paralegal Studies students and graduates explore career opportunities, develop job search strategies, and sustain lifelong career success.


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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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Unparalleled Access

Washington, DC, the heart of U.S. decision-making, provides the ideal backdrop and unparalleled access to legal professionals and policymakers. Paralegal Studies students gain insights, experiences, and invaluable opportunities, while earning your Master’s or Graduate Certificate.

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Preparation for Success

GW’s Paralegal Studies program provides you with a solid, competitive skill set and can make you eligible for salary increases, promotions, military benefits, and federal financial aid.


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Expert Faculty

Paralegal Studies Master’s and Graduate Certificate courses are taught by acknowledged experts in the legal field who bring their firsthand knowledge and real-world experiences to the classroom.

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Recognized for Quality

GW’s Master’s in Paralegal Studies program was ranked 4th out of the “Best 15 Paralegal Degree Programs in 2021” by Best Value Schools.




Employment Opportunities with Industry Leaders

Here are just some of the field’s top organizations where Paralegal Studies graduates are advancing their exciting careers:


  • American Red Cross
  • Baker and Miller PLLC
  • CACI International
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Maxim Healthcare Group



  • Nestlé
  • Patterson + Sheridan LLP
  • United States Food and Drug Administration
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Learn More Today



Take the next step towards earning your Paralegal Studies Master of Professional Studies degree or Graduate Certificate from GW. Learn about how the program may be right for you—as well as about the curriculum, tuition, deadlines, and more—by completing the short form below.