The DC Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (MORCA), Georgetown University, and a host
of prestigious Washington law firms have partnered to create a paralegal certification program that
will train highly experienced, previously incarcerated men and women to become valuable paralegal
fellows. This groundbreaking collaboration links the extensive but unrealized legal research and
analysis talents of these individuals with professional training, certification, and paid fellowships with
participating elite law firms.
Fellows receive a three-month training within the Georgetown University Paralegal Studies Program,
which was established in 1973 and is taught by a dedicated faculty comprised of attorneys and
senior paralegals. The curriculum combines academic rigor with legal and technical competencies to
develop well-rounded legal professionals. After receiving their professional training and certification,
fellows will then be hired for a one-year paid fellowship at a major DC law firm.
The Paralegal Program began on October 1, 2018, with an initial cohort of 20 fellows who were
selected after a rigorous application process. Currently, the fellows are working as paralegals in their various placements throughout the District.