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Paralegal Studies

College of Professional Studies

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)
Location(s): K Street Center for Professional Education, Online Learning

Program Overview

In an arrangement unique among Washington paralegal programs, paralegal students learn legal-research skills at the Jacob Burns Law Library with GW law librarians. Students are invited guests to Law School special events, such as seminars, lectures and workshops, and they are eligible to participate in legal clinics where they work with law professors, law students and clients. Paralegal students engage in a rigorous, topical course of study that includes legal specialties in government law, intellectual property law and international law.

Courses balance theoretical, philosophical and historical study of law with practical applications of communication, analysis and ethics. Legal technology skills are also underscored. Lawyers teach courses designed in conjunction with the legal, governmental, business, financial and international communities.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – April 1

Spring – October 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. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

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
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314

M.P.S. distance education (online) applicants only:
Admissions Processing Services
Attn: GW Online Programs
50 Northwest Point Blvd, 5th Floor 
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

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