New B.A. in Paralegal Studies Launching for fall 2022

ABA-approved program to meet growing workforce demand in an evolving industry

U.S. Supreme Court
December 16, 2021

The market for paralegals is thriving: the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks and extrapolates job growth, predicts that the paralegal field will grow by 12% through 2028.

GW’s new Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies, offered by GW’s College of Professional Studies, will prepare students to enter this field by giving them the means to earn bachelor’s degrees. The program is ideal for community college graduates seeking to enter the industry, professionals looking to grow their careers, and those who plan to attend law school.

Students who have earned associate’s degrees in any field can complete their studies at GW in two years in this 60-credit bachelor's degree completion program.

One of only 260 ABA-approved programs out of over 1000 nationwide, and the only ABA-approved program in Washington D.C., the new program has demonstrated the excellence of its curriculum, faculty, and administration. 


Toni Marsh

Toni Marsh, JD

Program Director
Paralegal Studies programs

"I’m so excited for this new bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies. It bridges an educational gap by giving community college graduates and working professionals the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from GW in less than two years."


Career opportunities for paralegal graduates are myriad, with increasing demand for paralegals and competitive salaries averaging $83,330 in the Washington, D.C. area, according to BLS.

With more than 500 alumni from the master’s degree and graduate certificate programs, B.A. students will benefit from the vast professional network, experienced faculty, and career services that the College’s well-established graduate programs have developed. 

Challenging and dynamic curriculum will guide students to develop a broad understanding of legal issues as well as specific foundational skills in legal research and analysis, legal technology, legal analysis, and ethical legal practice.

Coursework includes research, writing, issue-spotting, logic and argument; and substantive coursework in business, civil, criminal, and administrative law. Students will apply their learning in mock trial and professional writing courses and in a practicum.

GW will welcome the first group of students to its Education Center in Alexandria, Virginia in the fall of 2022. Classes will be offered in-person on weekday evenings.

For more information about the new B.A. in Paralegal Studies program visit us online, or schedule a virtual 1-on-1 appointment with a program representative.

ABA American Bar Association ABA Approved Paralegal Program