MORCA-Georgetown Paralegal Program

Paralegal Program graduates take a selfie.

Applications for the 2023 cohort of the MORCA-Georgetown Paralegal Program have closed. Please check back later for information about the 2024 cohort.

The MORCA-Georgetown Paralegal Program prepares returning citizens for successful careers in the field of law. The program is a partnership between Georgetown, the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (MORCA) and the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES).

Participating Fellows earn a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Georgetown through an intensive 20-week program, and they earn an hourly stipend while completing classes full time. The curriculum includes legal research and writing, corporate law, torts, contracts, legal technology, ethics, digital literacy, job readiness, and more. After completing their academic coursework, Fellows interview with law firms and other employers in the D.C. metro area for full-time paralegal positions.

The program aims to address the significant barriers to employment in the legal profession that returning citizens face. The program provides its Fellows with both the formal training and professional certification to supplement their practical experience, creating an entry point to start or advance law careers.

Returning citizens make excellent paralegals because many gained extensive legal research and analysis experience while incarcerated, spending hours in law libraries conducting research, applying case law, and preparing legal arguments and documents. The program recognizes and builds upon this self-taught knowledge and skillset to help returning citizens excel in their careers.

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