One of a select few paralegal master’s degrees in the country and designed specifically for working professionals, GW’s online Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies offers a rigorous and current curriculum to advance the profession and the legal landscape. As a student in either of our online programs, you’ll expand your legal knowledge, refine your skill set and develop practical tools that can be applied to your job from day one; as a GW graduate, you’ll have the confidence and recognized academic credential to lead a fulfilling and prosperous career in the legal field. The GW graduate certificate in paralegal studies is the credential you need to enter the paralegal profession. It contains the foundational courses that will prepare you to enter the field with confidence and acumen. When you successfully complete the program, you will have acquired the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter the paralegal profession The curriculum balances theoretical, philosophical and historical study of law with an emphasis on written and oral communication, analysis, technology and professionalism – skills that employers demand and that will allow you to work proficiently in any area. Courses are rigorous, topical, and exciting. Designed in conjunction with the legal, government, business, and international communities and taught by experts, our dynamic curriculum provides everything you’d expect from a university located in heart of the nation’s capital. The professors who teach you the laws live and work in that realm every day of their professional lives. The GW program provides the depth and rigor you need to succeed in the fast-growing and competitive legal field and the flexibility you need to make it happen.
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 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.
A Rigorous and Practical Curriculum
- American Jurisprudence - 3 Credit Hours
- Legal Research and Writing - 3 Credit Hours
- Advanced Legal Writing - 3 Credit Hours
- Litigation - 3 Credit Hours
- Contracts - 3 Credit Hours
- Business Entities - 3 Credit Hours
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: GW is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, adheres to the highest standards of higher education, and works ceaselessly to create and maintain the very best, most rigorous program possible. Middle States (also known as Middle States Commission on Higher Education, or MSCHE) is one of the eight regional accrediting associations authorized to evaluate and accredit universities and hold them to high standards of excellence and achievement. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize only these regional agencies for higher education accreditation.
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Last updated January 4, 2018