Paralegal Studies Program

Paralegal Studies Intensive Program

Status: The 2016 Summer Intensive program application will be available for completion online starting Dec 01, 2015 until May 20, 2016. Complete applications are due May 20. Early application is encouraged. 

Program Description

Under the instruction of distinguished legal professionals, students in Georgetown’s Paralegal Studies Summer Intensive Program complete a 10-week intensive course of study followed by a four-week internship at a law firm, corporation, nonprofit, private equity firm, or federal agency in Washington, D.C. The program is designed to prime students with the legal expertise, technical skills, and practical experience they need to master today’s legal landscape and become leaders in the field. Graduates of the program pursue successful careers as paralegals, legal project managers, and litigation support/e-discovery specialists. Many also continue on to law school.

Designed for:

  • Recent college graduates seeking a legal career or stepping stone to law school
  • Current professionals working in the legal industry and seeking a formal paralegal credential
  • Experienced professionals seeking a career change to the legal industry

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Georgetown University, students in the General Legal track must successfully complete 12 courses plus a four-week internship while students in the Litigation Technology/Legal Project Management track must successfully complete 11 courses plus a four-week internship. Please see the Georgetown Paralegal Curriculum Brief below for specific program and grade requirements.

Program Curriculum

During the first five weeks of the program, all students must complete the core curriculum. After successfully completing the fundamentals, students may select from two tracks of study during weeks 6–10:

  1. General Legal Track
  2. Litigation Technology/Legal Project Management Track

After week 10, students begin a four-week internship. Each track is described in the Program Format section including minimum passing requirements for selected courses. Course descriptions are available by clicking the course links below.


To receive the Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Georgetown University, students in the Summer Intensive Paralegal Studies Program are required to complete an internship. Internships are an effective means to gain real-world work experience in a practice area, professional legal environment, or corporate setting. Internships are typically four to five weeks in duration and most are unpaid. Students are matched with internship hosts based on preference and availability. All internships comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Program Prerequisites

Applicants to the program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution prior to the start of the program. Additionally, because program coursework is reading- and writing-intensive, applicants must have superlative command of written and spoken English. All applicants (regardless of citizenship) whose first language is not English are required to complete the TOEFL or the IELTS. For the TOEFL, Georgetown requires minimum scores of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test), or 90–100 (iBT); for the IELTS, Georgetown requires  a score of 7.5 or higher. No exceptions to these prerequisites are permitted.

Program Schedule

The Summer Intensive Program meets Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for 10 weeks, followed by a four-week internship. The program begins the third week of May and ends the week before Labor Day.

Library Resources & Research Materials

Students in the Paralegal Studies Program have access to Georgetown University library resources, including the Georgetown University Law Center library. Georgetown University's library resources include:

  • 500 databases
  • 27,000 print journals
  • 115,000 e-journals
  • 2.4 million books
  • 20,000 DVDs and videos

Program Tuition

The tuition for the Certificate in Paralegal Studies Summer Intensive program is $9,200, excluding books and materials. Books and materials are estimated to cost between $750 and $1,000. Full tuition is due before the program start date. An interest-free payment plan is available for eligible students. Withdrawals and refunds are subject to the Paralegal Studies Program Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Tuition Payment Considerations

While non-credit professional certificate programs do not qualify for federal financial aid, prospective students should consider the following for tuition payment:

  • Seek employer funding or reimbursement
  • Enroll in Georgetown’s interest-free payment plan
  • Use Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits/GI Bill
  • Apply for a private education loan
  • Register for individual courses over multiple semesters

Admissions and Applications

Admission to the Paralegal Studies Summer Intensive program is highly selective. Applicants must demonstrate that they have: (1) the ability to complete a rigorous academic program in a condensed timeframe (10 weeks) and; (2) the personal and professional maturity to complete an internship at a major legal employer such as a law firm, corporation, federal agency, nonprofit, or private equity firm in Washington, D.C.

Prospective students interested in a part-time program may wish to consider the Evening Paralegal Studies Program.

More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please send an email to or call (202) 687-7000.

Required Courses - Litigation Technology/Legal Project Management Track:

Advanced Litigation and Trial Technology (PSP)
eDiscovery (PSP)
Legal Project Management (PSP)

Required Courses - General Track:

Elective Courses - General Track:

Course Schedule

Course Name Semester and Section
Required Courses - Litigation Technology/Legal Project Management Track  Summer 2017
Advanced Litigation and Trial Technology (PSP) Enrollment closed
Section 01
Fri, 6:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Jun 02, 2017 to Jul 21, 2017
640 Mass Ave. , C222

Sat, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Jul 22, 2017
640 Mass Ave. , C226

Required Courses - Litigation Technology/Legal Project Management Track Summer 2017
eDiscovery (PSP) Enrollment closed
Section 01
Mon, 6:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Jun 05, 2017 to Jul 31, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Required Courses - Litigation Technology/Legal Project Management Track Summer 2017
Legal Project Management (PSP) Enrollment closed
Section 01
Sat, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Jul 08, 2017 to Jul 15, 2017
640 Mass Ave. , C118

Sat, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Jul 29, 2017 to Aug 12, 2017
640 Mass Ave. , C118

Required Courses - General Track  Summer 2017
Elective Courses - General Track  Summer 2017
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