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Prime Real Estate for Paralegal Studies: The Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies Paralegal Studies Program [By Devon Pryor] When it comes to naming the best locations for training in paralegal studies, Georgetown University is at the top of the list. Georgetown University is located on prime real estate in the District of Columbia. This optimal location allows students enrolled in the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies Paralegal Studies Program the privilege of learning about legal matters in our nation’s capitol. The Georgetown campus is located within walking distance of the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, and the Houses of Congress, and it is just a stone’s throw from Capitol Hill.

The paralegal studies program at

According to its website, the paralegal

technology, and medical law. For students

Georgetown University was established in

studies program at Georgetown University’s

enrolled in the summer intensive certificate

1973. In 1977, the program was awarded the

School of Continuing Studies is very highly

program, an internship coordinated by the

approval of the American Bar Association,

regarded in the legal community. Its

program director is required. Internships

and to this day, it remains the only ABA-

dedicated faculty members bring broad

last for two weeks and are unpaid. Interns

approved paralegal studies program in

ranges of experience to their classroom

work full-time in firms, corporations,

Washington, DC. The program holds

instruction. The website also states that the

public service organizations, associations,

membership in the American Association

best measures of the program’s success

government agencies, local courts, or federal

for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), the

are the fascinating careers of program

courts.

International Paralegal Management

graduates. Graduates of the Georgetown

Association (IPMA), the National Capital

University paralegal studies program

Students in the paralegal studies program

Area Paralegal Association (NCAPA),

hold esteemed positions in the fields of

have access to the Edward Bennett Williams

and the National Federation of Paralegal

litigation, corporate transactions, estate

Law Library, on the façade of which are

Associations (NFPA).

administration, communications law,

carved the words “LAW IS BUT THE MEANS

environmental law, criminal law, medical

– JUSTICE IS THE END.” These words were

The program upholds the values set forth

law, real estate, intellectual property,

spoken by student Joseph A. Cantrel at the

by Georgetown University Law Center,

employment law, personal injury law, and

law center’s 50th anniversary celebration.

which specify that legal education should

domestic relations.

The library’s five stories house a collection

be available to members of society who

of more than 1 million volumes. The John

already hold full-time employment. It is

The objective of the program is to empower

Wolff International and Comparative Law

for this reason that the paralegal studies

students to fulfill their potential and become

Library also holds a large collection of more

program at Georgetown University offers

effective members of the legal profession

than 100,000 volumes of private and public

an evening education track, just as the law

through the integrated fine-tuning of skills,

international law. On-campus housing is not

center does. The evening certificate program

knowledge, and personal values. The

available to students enrolled in the evening

requires a part-time commitment, takes one

courses in the program are academically

certificate program. However, students in

year to complete, and is divided into three

challenging and cover traditional areas of

the intensive summer certificate program

consecutive 13-week sessions with classes

study offered by all reputable educational

may be able to acquire limited on-campus

meeting two times per week for three hours.

facilities. These include, but are not limited

housing within certain restrictions.

The other option for paralegal study is an

to, classes in administrative law, advanced

intensive certificate program completed

legal research and writing, advanced

Job placement, though not guaranteed by

during the summer; this option requires a

litigation and trial practice, commercial and

the paralegal studies department, is offered

14-week, full-time commitment and runs

contractual relations, corporate law practice,

to both students and graduates. An updated

from May through August.

criminal law and procedure, introduction

list of paralegal positions with postings

to trademark law, legal ethics and legal

for new job opportunities announced by

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prospective employers is distributed

students in the paralegal studies program,

regularly to students and graduates.

School of Continuing Studies enrollees are

Maintaining membership in the Georgetown

also offered access to Georgetown University’s

Georgetown University

University Paralegal Studies Program

recreational facilities, including its state-

www.georgetown.edu

Alumni Association (GUPSPAA) is also a

of-the-art, three-story fitness center, which

useful method for finding employment as a

features a pool, opportunities to participate in

School of Continuing Studies: Paralegal

paralegal, as the association offers students

sports, group and individual instruction, and

Studies Program

and grads a means of networking and, as the

cardio equipment. The Georgetown University

www12.georgetown.edu/scs/psp

program website says, “strengthening the

campus, in addition to being within walking

job bank.”

distance of many government buildings, is

Georgetown Law Library

also within walking distance of Chinatown and

www.ll.georgetown.edu

In addition to the wealth of knowledge and

the ethnically and culturally diverse Adams

networking opportunities made available to

Morgan neighborhood.

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