“I found the experience to be a very pleasant surprise. I expected the focus to be on the drudgery of proper citations, and legal writing, but every class discussion we had was engaging and informative, and I learned things in my few weeks at the Paralegal Institute that I didn’t pick-up over the course of an entire year of law school. It was definitely a worthwhile experience, which I’m grateful for having. Thank you.”
“I really enjoyed the class (Beginning Fall of 2014). This was very great opportunity and I would definitely recommend this class to anyone.
“I found the experience to be a very pleasant surprise. I expected the focus to be on the drudgery of proper citations, and legal writing, but every class discussion we had was engaging and informative, and I learned things in my few weeks at the Paralegal Institute that I didn’t pick-up over the course of an entire year of law school. It was definitely a worthwhile experience, which I’m grateful for having. Thank you.”
“This was a great platform for me to update my skills and knowledge in the paralegal profession.”
“Dear Ms. Staples, It was an educational privilege to have studied under your administrative guidance. Your guidance and assistance to me as a student was nurturing as well as professional. Your support was paramount in my completion of the Paralegal Studies Program.
In all, my employability has greatly increased as a result of having attending the Paralegal Institute of Washington, DC, and my understanding of Paralegal duties are complete per the school and its instructions imparted to me.”
“This has been a very rewarding experience and I will take what I have learned and use it to my best advance.”
“The greatest challenge is being able to properly apply citations and applying information from the Bluebook. The course is very informative and the instructors who are actual attorneys were well versed on legal matters.”
“I had a great Paralegal Institute experience, and was able to sharpen skills that I have utilized for quite sometime while learning new skills, obviously within the legal field. It can be a lot to take on, but if you follow the guidelines precisely you can succeed at it in the time given. Not to mention the friendly environment in which I encountered every step of the way. Loved it.”
“Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in this program. I learned a great deal and I look forward to using my knowledge and experience at work really soon!”
“I really enjoyed that each class was lead by an attorney with expertise in the different areas we were discussing in class that day. If any of us felt we needed extra help, the instructors were always happy to help us, together or one-on-one. PIW arranged for us to have a review tutorial with Westlaw. I found the mock interview very helpful. Although I’d interviewed for other kinds of jobs, getting feedback from an attorney about what might be expected of a paralegal was great.”
“If you have law school aspirations and you want to get a realistic view of what it takes to be an attorney, what better than to intern for an attorney as a paralegal. This program is definitely not for the lazy and undisciplined. If you know how to embrace positive criticism and want to be a part of a group of people who despise ineptitude, this is the program for you”.
“I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is making a career change. The Monday night class worked for me. I think the people at Westlaw know me by name now and THANK YOU Tina for answering each and every minor, self explanatory question that I asked. Thank you!!!!”
“I love the way the coursework allows for accommodations to meet our individual and family needs.”
“The program is well designed and the textbooks are really terrific. The independent study is very practical and introduces students to a number of sources they will likely need in their position. The class options offer some flexibility and the instructors were quite good.”
This was an EXCELLENT course. Just the opportunity to learn from real attorneys was a treat in itself. For personal reasons, the Employment law and Westlaw sections of the course were the most enjoyable for me. The Blue Book section was definitely the most challenging. I would definitely recommend PIW to anyone looking to enhance their skill set.
“The course lectures were awesome. All of my questions were answered and I was able to get knowledge on other questions that I had, whether it was course related or related to the legal world, through their experiences.
The classroom experience was good. It made feel comfortable and at ease when it came to class assignments and chapter reviews. The teachers were very real, honest, knowledgeable and down to Earth. They were very people friendly and even funny at times.”
“The PIW staff and instructors work well with the students and make a fast pace learning environment comfortable for the students. The detail that was provided and the thoroughness of each individual instructor built confidence in me and my ability to complete challenging assignments. I enjoyed my PIW experience. Thanks”
” Over the past six months, I have learned a lot about what it takes to become a successful paralegal. The Paralegal Institute of Washington, D.C. has provided me with good classroom instruction, an excellent Independent Study project, and a parallel to none, 128 hour internship experience. The first two parts of the paralegal program dealt with in class assignments, homework assignments and research using Westlaw. However, the internship opportunity, which lasted five weeks, was probably the most beneficial because it gave me the best hands-on experience that I could have possibly have imagined.”
“I am very glad I had this opportunity to not only intern with Mr. Charles Gormly, but study at the Paralegal Institute of Washington, D.C. It gave me an opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the law and give me a better understanding to the court system and required processes. I appreciate the professionals that I met and perspectives each shared with the class. This is a great program and I would recommend it to anyone who is new to the paralegal field.”
“As an experienced legal secretary, I specifically chose PIW’s paralegal program to enhance my knowledge of various practices of law, as well as help me to decide whether I would pursue a position as a paralegal. PIW’s course is well-rounded; the instructors were very knowledgeable, the homework assignments and Independent Study project challenging; and Patricia, the Director, very personable and available to help whenever necessary. I had an enjoyable and challenging internship with one of PIW’s instructors, and would definitely recommend this program to anyone wanting to learn about and/or enhance their existing knowledge of the legal field.”
“My experience at the PIW was very rewarding, with helpful instructors who take the time and commitment to walk you through the fundamentals of law. Case Referencing was my ultimate goal and now that I have my Paralegal Certificate, I have gotten promoted at work. Thanks so much PIW. – Thanks Patricia!”
“Thank you so much, Patricia! I’ve enjoyed working with you over the past 6+ months and appreciate all that you have done for me. PIW has helped me secure the job of my dreams. I couldn’t be more content. Please extend my deepest gratitude and warm wishes to all of the lawyers that taught the classes. ”
” I had an all-around great experience at PIW. The instructors were helpful and supportive, and they explained the material well. The small class size was such a plus–it was easy to ask questions and get in-depth explanations. The internship reinforced the classroom material, and the whole program was well organized for learning. Definitely worthwhile! ”
“PIW was a fast paced school; not for the faint of heart and very helpful for getting one ready for their first career or their second depending on where one is in their life. As someone who is extremely interested in attending law school in the near future, PIW certainly helped confirm my interested in the law and what it takes to work in the real work in the “real world” as a legal professional. I would recommend PIW to anyone who is not afraid of committing themselves to hard work and total commitment in learning about the legal profession.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I was able to learn new and exciting things and also
meet new and exciting people. I was very impressed with the professor’s level of knowledge in the subjects that were teaching. I really enjoyed the class interaction especially during the practicum when we were told to form small groups and work together. With PIW I really got a feel for what type of work I would like to do in the future.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because not only did I gain legal knowledge and experience but I had one of the best instructors. She helped me through the road of becoming a Paralegal. Even since the beginning when I started and was a little nervous she made me feel like everything will be okay as long as I do my part, she helped me so I can help myself.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because of Rachel Gader-Shafran. I truly enjoyed the setup of the curriculum. I really enjoyed the lectures too. I feel like I learned a lot about the Paralegal profession in a broad spectrum.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it provided me with the opportunity to obtain the skills to pursue a career in the legal field. The professors were very knowledgeable and really combined course work with real world situations. I feel that wherever I go I can feel confident that I am equipped with the tools to succeed and I have PIW to thank for it.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I got a great opportunity to see what paralegals actually do. The instructors were very good and the work assignments gave me a great indication as to what paralegals do. I would definitely recommend PIW.”
“I enjoyed my experience with PIW because I was given the opportunity to meet new people that were willing to assist me with any questions. I learned Westlaw and also obtained some basic knowledge in the different areas of law.”
“The Paralegal Institute of Washington has given me the opportunity to achieve my dream of becoming a paralegal. The school has made it very convenient and affordable for me to work this into my schedule and continue to work.”
“My overall experience with the Paralegal Institute of Washington was very positive. I found the lectures to be fast paced and very interesting. The class time provided a good overview of what working in the legal field would entail. I would recommend PIW to anyone that is interested in going into the legal field. ”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I was introduced to the various aspects of law. The lawyers at PIW that instructed the classes gave me their valuable insight to make the classes very interesting. Furthermore, the flexibility was very important to me and I was able to finish the class and obtain a job in the legal field. I thank everyone at PIW.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the institute provided me with a well rounded introduction to all major practice areas of law. I feel that I am now well prepared for the challenges of a career as a Paralegal as a result of my experience. ”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it provided me with the foundation to pursue a career in the legal field by giving me hands-on training.”
“In today’s fast growing career, PIW is a perfect place to get the certificate as a paralegal. If you
have a family or a busy schedule you can get your certificate at PIW in a very short time. PIW prepared me to get a better job and better pay in a growing career.”
“My entire experience with PIW was great! The staff at PIW was extremely professional, outgoing, and accessible to students. I would recommend the school to any professional desiring a career change. Thanks Rachel for being a wonderful director.”
“The Paralegal Institute of Washington offers lectures from experienced lawyers. The director Rachel Gader-Shafran is very encouraging, available to the students, and she wants to see her students succeed.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it wasn’t just sitting down and taking everything in, PIW gave you hands on interaction and the teachers were great. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who is interested in paralegal. I gained more knowledge in seven months than I did with 8 years of community college. ”
“PIW offered what other programs and/or colleges did not offer, which was the exploration of various areas of law. Although I have completed the paralegal course I still have access to the job search tools if I decide to try a different area of law. I think that the creation of the PIW forum for students and alumni’s was an awesome idea. As a PIW student or graduate you have the ability to check job listings and chat with current students and alumni.”
“I have been employed in the legal field for 12 years needed a boost to further my career. I work full time and I also have a part time job and with all of the requirements to complete the program I was able to do so. Rachel proved to be equally understanding and is a wonderful motivator. The entire experience was worth it all. In addition, I made new friends. ”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the class schedule was convenient. Most individuals work between the hours of 9 to 5. Having class once a week was great.
The instructors were awesome. Each instructor managed to keep my attention throughout the entire lecture. I was able to get involved in the discussions and ask questions and follow along without taking a lot of notes. PIW provided a great book with the notes and grammar book is fantastic. The book is one I will use at home and in the office.
The internship experience through PIW was great. I was placed in a warm, professional, and friendly environment. Ms. Wilbon has extended an invitation which will allow me to come in on Saturdays and learn more.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it was very interactive and quick. The lectures also offered a great deal of expertise in their fields. Moreover, the internship part of the program provided a great hands on experience as a paralegal. The support of the school setting up the internship was greatly appreciated. The materials provided, such as PowerPoint print outs of the lectures, etc were also helpful.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it was a great learning experience about the different documents and types of law. I also appreciated PIW helping me find a job.”
“I liked the flexibility in the class schedule that allowed me to work while in the program. I liked the dedication of the staff of PIW. They created a good and interactive learning atmosphere. It was a great experience altogether.”
“PIW gave me a chance to work on a lot of skills that I had, but were undeveloped. PIW was an important step to further the progression of my career goals.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I learned so much, and it was a good opportunity. I have learned things that will actually help me with my career. The class period was wonderful, and the learning techniques were easy. Everyone was so nice and very helpful. I had fun, but learned at the same time. I also enjoyed my internship. Being placed in an internship was a very good opportunity.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the course was well rounded as far as aspects of the law, and general knowledge. The lecture sessions were very informative and comprehensive, but very effective. The professors were very informed and knowledgeable of their respective areas of the law and encouraged students to ask questions. I also appreciated the career advice I received from professors and classmates alike.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it has helped make me a better person. This program has given me the knowledge that I will need to be successful.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it was fast paced, but I still learned a lot. I learned about the different parts of law, how to research, grammar, and how to use the Blue Book. I also loved the excitement of being in the school environment.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it was very informative, fun, and exciting. I would like to thank the staff and instructors for all of their support.”
“I was impressed with PIW from day one. The staff is extremely receptive and open. The classes are taught by attorneys at the top of their game, and the internship program is comparable to none.
The binder with which students are provided is well-organized and packed with current information. I will refer to it for years to come.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I have accomplished a goal and will now be able to receive an increase in salary, as well as further my career.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it provided me with a broad introduction to the paralegal field that will prepare me for a new career.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I learned new information about the US legal system. I now have better paralegal skills and am ready to begin work as a paralegal.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the instructors, Amy, and Erin were very supportive, personable, and accessible to answer questions all of the time. This is a group of knowledgeable people who want to see their students succeed and as a result, they were always willing to help. They made the coursework interesting and easy to comprehend. The program was full of challenging assignments. PIW wants people to get employed in the legal field and sees to it that the students gain the experience to do so.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because Amy Taylor worked very hard at understanding my needs. Even though I had a full-time job, Amy allowed me enough time to do my internship and granted me an extension. The entire staff was really great. I would recommend PIW to anyone interested in law.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I became more knowledgeable about the paralegal field. The internship was a particularly good experience. I gained a great deal of confidence in my abilities. My experience was also positive due to the great qualify of the people involved. Everybody was extremely nice and always helpful, particularly Erin and Amy. I feel that PIW makes a great addition to my resume, particularly since I have so little experience, both in this field, and in general.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the teachers were all practicing attorneys, and the lectures that they performed were informative. I also enjoyed the attitude towards me as a student, because I felt confident asking for help. The access to the Westlaw program and being able to use a computer were very delightful too. Amy Taylor was very helpful concerning any questions that appeared during the program. I enjoyed the self-study portion of the program as well, because it encouraged me to find out a lot of information on my own, and I felt great about that. I want to thank the staff of PIW for a great school experience.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the instructors taught me so much about the principles of law. The instructors were informative and I would gladly recommend this institute to anyone looking to the paralegal career. The school is top-notch in teaching paralegal classes.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the instructors truly knew what they were speaking about and were very friendly and approachable.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the faculty and staff were very professional. They respect time and value their students. The course was very well organized. The internship experience is very good too. It shapes the student’s abilities and gives him/her an opportunity to touch the beauty of practicing law.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it was highly informative. The teachers were all relaxed and easy to talk with. The internship experience was great for so many reasons. I didn’t have to look for it by myself, it was arranged for me. It was a great opportunity to really gain confidence, experience, and knowledge of the profession. The school is also there for students beyond the training and that is always a plus. There is never a time that one could ask for help and not receive it.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the staff and teachers were all very helpful throughout the entire process of becoming certified. I also appreciate the fact that the course can be done mostly at your own pace because as someone who needed to maintain a full time job, this wouldn’t have been possible for me otherwise at this time. Thank you!”
“I have very much enjoyed the work and experience here at PIW. After debating about this program for such a very long time, I am very happy I finally took the step. For me, the program was ideal because it allowed me to work at my own pace. PIW staff members were always available, but it was really up to me, the student, how well and how fast I progressed. I was pleasantly surprised at the job placement assistance given by PIW. Many programs make the claim, but don’t really follow through. I have every confidence that this program has given me the basics I need to enter into this new field with confidence. I would like to thank the PIW staff for all their support, and I wish them well.”
“This was a very good course and I know it’s going to help me very much in my future career. Classes are very good and I learned a lot. I’d recommend this course to all of my friends and anyone who wants to be a successful paralegal.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I learned a lot! I met a lot of people that helped me better understand the legal field. The staff was great. They helped me throughout the course and my internship. Thanks to you guys I am more secure of myself and my ability to succeed. ”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because:
1.) I learned a new profession.
2.) My teachers were excellent in every aspect – knowledge of the law and clarity of teaching.
3.) The assignments were pertinent to the course and in the three months I learned more about the US law than I have ever in my whole life.
4.) The cost of the course was appropriate and PIW delivered what they promised they would, if not more.
I found the experience very rewarding and by following all their instructions on how to find a job, I found a very good firm to work for. I highly recommend this particular PIW training to everyone who is interested in a career in law.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the program was very thorough and effective in teaching the students what it is like to become a paralegal and how the field operates.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I learned quite a bit! I liked the fact that some of the pressure was taken off by the amount of time you had to complete all of the assignments.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because each class was very helpful in gaining more knowledge on each topic of law. I really enjoyed the criminal law and family law classes. The lawyers that taught these classes were very detail-oriented and made such that each person understand the topic at hand. Also, the homework assignments were very helpful with giving the students a sense of a “real law firm” experience.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it opened my eyes to a whole new job market that I never knew existed. PIW gave me the skills I needed to start a career that I really enjoy. The classes were great because they allowed ample study time. The instructors were also great. I really liked getting the CD of lectures at the end. It really helped me during the independent study stage.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the attorneys made learning every aspect of the course fun. I was always excited to come to class! The things taught made me feel confident about going into the paralegal field.”
“The director, staff, and instructors are professional, but very personable. I have accomplished a major goal in putting my life back together after a family tragedy in 2004. PIW has definitely played a big part in my transformation. I thoroughly enjoyed the courses and was challenged by the assignments. I will never forget Mr. Kozma (my internship host and PIW instructor). He is an excellent instructor, mentor, and all around great guy. PIW will always have my highest recommendation.”
“My experience with PIW has been enriching and invaluable. Every facet of the program has shaped and honed my skills as a paralegal. I was very impressed that lawyers instructed our lectures. They were very knowledgeable in their field of expertise, personable, and open to questions. The instructor’s diverse background enhanced the classroom as well as to the paralegal program.
The staff are wonderful. Robin Browder was a delightful instructor. She ensured the lectures were clear, precise and that we were all on the same page. Robin has been a tremendous asset in providing me insight to the field of law, working as a paralegal and law school. Erin was a great facilitator. She was flexible in all aspects of the program. Amy is wonderful, she has worked diligently and expeditiously in placing me with an internship. Which was a wonderful internship, I must add. She has been dynamic in keeping me abreast of jobs, sending out my resume to potential firms and always being available.
Amy, Erin and Robin, were very instrumental in my success in completing the PIW program with a solid foundation and marketable skills. And for this, I thank you. PIW keep up the good work!”
“I truly enjoyed my experience at the Paralegal Institute because of the knowledge and fulfillment I gained. I learned many new things in which I’ve been eagerly wanting to do. At first, I was reluctant, but when I was challenged, I pressured myself and gained so much knowledge about law and this profession.”
“I enjoyed the opportunity to be exposed to other students with the same interests. The lectures were excellent. Amy Taylor was most helpful and responsive whenever I requested her help.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it was great, not only because it was informative, but because it was very thorough in the sense that it covered almost all (if not all) of the legal fields. The Paralegal Institute of Washington, DC helped me achieve the knowledge that takes years of experience in the working field to obtain. The fee was more than reasonable, and the schedule was extremely convenient. The assignments were tough enough to make someone learn their stuff, and easy enough to know how to go about it. The teachers/attorneys were all very pleasant to learn from, not to mention the support staff.”
“PIW played a big role in beginning my legal career in a sense that they provided me with the knowledge of all aspects and areas of the law. The paralegal curriculum was enjoyable and easy to complete. The staff made the courses easy to digest and fun. Overall, my experience at PIW was fantastic and full of great learning. Even though I came from a totally different background (science), I was able to grasp the material quickly and understand this new career.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the learning experience was excellent and professional. The staff here at PIW was great in helping me gain the skills needed to fulfill my paralegal skills. Thanks!”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because they worked with me through difficult times. They were very understanding and granted me an extension, which I needed. The program was great. I can’t believe that I learned so much in just two weeks of lecture! The teaching style that I enjoyed the most was Mr. Cohen’s. He was funny and very interactive with the class.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it allowed me to pursue a certificate program in a condensed period of time without disrupting my current position and home life. The staff was very knowledgeable and I feel that I learned so much by meeting different lawyers who specialize in many aspects of law. I highly recommend this program.”
“I enjoyed the intense classes, simplified instructions, and the assistance received from all of the instructors and staff–including the tricky, sticky assignments from Erin. I really enjoyed her style. She made you cover all of the materials because you would never know what she would test you on. Thank you Erin. You are the reason I did so well!”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the instructors and the staff are all willing to assist you in achieving your goals. The instructors are very experienced and teach you in a way that is easy to understand. Not only do they teach, but they also provide you with tools that can help you when you are alone. PIW will always be recommended by me to whoever is looking to learn about law.”
“I have enjoyed my study of the paralegal profession at PIW for its uniqueness, focus, and one-on-one attention by teachers. The teachers were lawyers in actual practice, which enabled me to understand the real-life application of the law. Most of all, the PIW staff has been immensely helpful and supportive, with individual attention towards placement of internship and successful completion of the course. I have found it most inspiring and encouraging.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it was challenging in that it gave me an opportunity to increase my research skills as well as my technical writing skills. Moreover, PIW increased my knowledge of D.C. laws and statutes and how to apply them when and wherever necessary.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the entire staff was very nice. I learned so much about the law, the different courts and procedures. All of the teachers motivated me to receive my paralegal certificate.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because of your patience with me and my time constraints. Secondly, your staff is incredible! Amy was always there when I had a question or needed help and always encouraged me on. The curriculum was fast paced in the classroom, but the Independent Assignments filled in the gaps. Thanks again to all of the staff!”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the class size was perfect with just 12 people. It made it easier to be able to ask substantial questions and to get a better feel for the instructors. I really enjoyed the fact that each instructor was teaching us about the field in which he/she had experience. The binder with all of the class notes was extremely helpful as well. I think the class truly prepared me for my job interviews and new job.”
“The PIW curriculum was pretty much self-paced and allowed me to explore various reading assignments, hands on types of activities, as well as professional resources in the field of law. The numerous independent assignments resulted in real life type of field experiences, legal documents, and client relations that certainly were great experiences for a paralegal. Perhaps having had such a wonderful attorney who served as my mentor during my internship was another highlight of this program.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because of the way the course was taught (material, teachers, and assignments). Amy and Erin are great. They were always patient and helpful with me.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I was able to spend time in class with personable and professional attorneys. I lost count of the number of times I was given direct phone numbers, business cards, and email addresses to reach my instructors should I need help. Mr. Cohen, Amy Taylor, Erin Pollock, and Robin Browder were supportive and encouraging. They gave me great advice and did not hesitate to take the time to explain a difficult concept or procedure. I was even allowed to participate in two internships so that I felt fully prepared.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I learned all areas of law. The staff worked with me in completing my paralegal certificate. The staff was always available when I needed them. They helped me figure out what positions I can apply for. I would recommend this school to anyone because the staff is truly supportive.”
“As successful as Mr. Cohen is, he has a wonderful down to earth attitude. I think it is great that he takes time out of his busy schedule to teach a class.
Everyone I came in contact with was very helpful and made me feel really comfortable. I respect the whole staff, but I really appreciate Amy and Erin’s understanding and caring disposition. I was pleased that they understand things happen and they try their best to work with you so that you may graduate in a timely fashion. PIW is a terrific place if you want a new start in life or want a career change.”
“I really enjoyed the staff. Everyone is pleasant and with the knowledge they teach you, it can help you further your career in the field of law. I would truly recommend PIW to anyone.”
“My experience with PIW has been very positive. I would recommend this course to anyone who is serious about getting into the legal field. I also feel that the internship is a very important part of the course because you get to use the skills you have learned in school and in your career.
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I was able to learn a lot in such a short period of time. The quality of the course material was excellent and easy to understand. The instructors were knowledgeable, competent, and genuinely interested in the students’ careers and goals. The writing and research assignments have been a great help. I wish to thank the PIW staff for being so supportive and helpful to my needs.”
“I was initially intimidated at the thought of such an accelerated program; however, the staff at PIW made me comfortable after the first class The materials (i.e. books) are very educational and the binder is the best. The binder is very complete and provides a great study reference. The speakers were all informative and open to questions and comments. I will recommend PIW in the future.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I had an overview of the various laws in America. I liked the intensity of the program since so much had to be covered in so little time. The lecturers were wonderful and always willing to help. I most especially liked the courses on resume writing and interview tips because I had never had a chance to have someone teach me how the corporate world works. I also enjoyed my experience because even after I left the institute, the staff still kept in constant touch with me to check on my progress.”
“The Paralegal Institute of Washington, D.C. is a lifesaver! I was trapped in a career where I was under-appreciated and very unhappy, but PIW turned that all around. By making the decision to invest in my future, I have greatly improved all aspects of my life. I am lucky enough to have secured a position in a renowned family law practice in my hometown where I am respected and trusted in the highest regard. In less than three months, I will be the sole paralegal for two lawyers in a mid-size law firm and the case manager of more than fifty clients. I could not have done any of this without the help of PIW.
By no means do I want to imply that PIW is the easy route to a successful future. The PIW program is designed to allow its students to get as much, or as little, out of it as they put in. One must have extreme diligence and discipline to get all of the work done professionally in a timely manner, but the PIW staff is there for constant support. Erin Pollock guides all students through the entire classroom and independent study portion of the course. Amy Taylor is there to answer any general questions about the program or the student internship. They are both so easy to get along with and truly do not mind answering any questions that anyone has, and they will relentlessly support the student in his or her search for the perfect career.
The lawyers who lecture for PIW are fantastic. They enjoy teaching about their areas of expertise and are glad to answer individual questions. At the conclusion of each lecture, it is easy to feel as if one knows the lawyer on a friendly level. The course binder that is produced by PIW is a great research tool that I still refer back to. PIW has carefully chosen all of the texts and they are all very useful in the future career of a paralegal. Overall, PIW is a valuable investment well worth making.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because of the way the majority of the teachers held my attention, particularly Robin Browder. The areas of law that I was introduced to opened up a whole new legal world for me. Now hearing certain legal terms, I will understand what is being said. PIW reduces 2-3 years of schooling to 8 to 10 weeks. With their flexible schedule, PIW had two different ways you could take to complete the internship requirement. In doing this, I really thought they had real consideration for their students’ time and schedules. It is a school that I would highly recommend.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the classes were taught by attorneys who used real experiences to teach the courses.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the curriculum is set up so that you are forced to complete independent work, which enables students to get hands-on training, while being lectured from a book. This made the internship process run more smoothly. It gave you a taste of “the real world.” I would definitely recommend this program to my peers.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it was something new and very different for me. It was also challenging. I enjoyed working with all the different lawyers that instructed our classes. I had fun going to the court buildings to look for files and sit in on cases. I enjoyed every moment in class with the other students who were just as eager as I was to learn. Mr. Cohen seemed to be very nice and a funny man as well. It is good to have a little humor, especially being a lawyer. Erin was very helpful during our course, and I appreciated how she answered all of the questions my sister and I had. I am especially grateful that the school allowed us a little extra time with completing our work. Thank you.”
“The school’s whole staff was very encouraging from the very beginning. I have learned that in life patience is truly a virtue. This particular saying ins true for PIW. The staff is impeccable. Thank you PIW. My life is better educated and you are a positive influence.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because of its great education approach, interesting assignments and lectures, and effective communication with the students. The admin staff also provided me with a lot of help creating a resume.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it was a great opportunity to learn more about the career field I had become interested in. I had heard of PIW through my sister, who had also attended. I felt that the classes were easy paced and very simple to understand. The attorneys were great at explaining their area of practice. It was educational but also fun. The individual assignments that we did were particularly attention grabbing. Being able to search for answers and learn about new subjects such as wills, or the Freedom of Information Act was fun. It just shows how much is out there and that the law is very important. I enjoyed my time here, and I learned a lot and would recommend this school to others.”
“I found the research for all the assignments very interesting. Everyone at the Institute was very helpful.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because I needed to brush up on my legal knowledge. In the 80s, I was in the legal field, but after getting married and having my children, I had to concentrate on my family. Presently, my baby is a sophomore in college, and I am able to pursue my dream career field. PIW gave me the “jumpstart” and confidence I needed to pursue my dream career and to believe it will become a reality. The staff was wonderful and very knowledgeable. My internship gave me a first hand, on-the-job experience that I needed to begin again. Thank you PIW.”
“The Paralegal Institute of Washington has been a great experience for me to advance my knowledge of the law and the paralegal position. The staff at PIW are very knowledgeable and also care about each student’s needs. I am happy I chose PIW to receive my paralegal certificate. I would definitely recommend the program to anyone looking for experience in the paralegal profession.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because of the learning environment, instructors, and staff. PIW has been challenging and rewarding. What I have gained from PIW has helped me become an asset to my community. The staff at PIW is very good and very helpful, which made things very easy for me throughout the program.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it actually opened doors for me. Since I’ve taken the course, I was able to work with two corporate lawyers within a well known company. Thanks to my past tenure in the corporate legal arena, and my training at PIW, I am able to make more money then I ever had before.”
“The course work, assignments, and independent studies were intensive. However, they all were designed to prepare the student for real-life work environment. The instructors were at the top of their game and gave a good general feel for the law as well as the type of work that would be expected.”
PIW stands firmly behind our placement rates. Currently, PIW places between 80 and 90 percent of its students within 90 days of graduation. Here are some testimonial statements:
“PIW was great. The syllabus covered all the topics in the different fields of law. The staff and lecturers at PIW were very knowledgeable and professional. Queries were well answered and personal attention was promptly available.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the knowledge learned during class sessions helped in the practical application in a law firm setting. I also enjoyed the opportunity to sit in on a deposition during my internship.”
“It provided me with the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools to change my career and pursue my longtime interest in law. Thanks to PIW, I have achieved my goal of working in the legal profession!”
“I found PIW to be an exceptional program! The projects were challenging and useful, and the teachers and staff were amazingly knowledgeable and supportive. I strongly recommend this program to anyone interested in starting a new career in the legal field.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because all of the wonderful people I got to work with–such as my classmates, lawyers, and staff in general. I also enjoyed the fact that the work helped me understand the study of becoming a paralegal.”
“The course was comprehensive and well designed. Time wise it was very convenient because the material was taught in a short period of time. The teachers were professional and knowledgeable, and delivered their lectures clearly and concisely.”
“The lectures were very informative, and I learned a great deal about the different areas of law. The classes were fast-paced, yet easy to follow. I especially enjoyed the lawyers who taught the classes. Everyone was patient, friendly, and easy to talk to. Erin Pollock and Amy Taylor made my experience at PIW a positive one, and I’m very happy to have attended PIW.”
“The staff at PIW were like family. I received a lot of one-on-one time, and they were very helpful and supportive. I enjoyed the lectures and the small class size as well.”
“I greatly enjoyed my experience at the Paralegal Institute for many reasons; the most significant being that I felt the Institute did an excellent job of preparing me for entry into the field through education in the classroom, independent studies that encouraged individual development, and a valuable internship experience. I found all of the staff to be especially helpful and engaging, being involved in all stages of my training and very easily accessible. The program has taught me a great deal about the role of a paralegal and the requirements expected of them. I am very grateful to have had this remarkable opportunity.”
“I learned so much and the people at PIW are very nice. Whenever I had a question or problem, I always felt comfortable enough to bring up the issue. I enjoyed my time at PIW and highly recommend this school to anyone who is interested in the law.”
“I was in the military since I graduated high school. At the time of my military career coming to an end, I enrolled in PIW, not knowing what to expect. I was scared, but having lawyers personally involved in the every day functions made me more comfortable. The internship was also a great experience. It allowed me to understand what was taught in class. I love PIW for helping me start life anew. I would definitely refer the school to anyone looking for a new career.”
“The staff made me feel like I was at home with my family. I had a great experience. I am very happy and proud of the Institute.”
“The courses were taught on a personal note. All instructors were very knowledgeable and experienced. I would recommend the course to friends looking to pursue a career in the legal field.”
“Through this program, I know now that I can do more in the field of law. Now I can do research, subpoenas, motions, depositions and other paralegal duties. I’m very thankful to this program.
The teachers and assistants who work for the Paralegal Institute really amazed me, because they give you so much personal attention. I could see this through all the good comments and constructive feedback on my evaluations, assignments, quizzes and personal conversations. And they always were available to talk to me and give me advice.
Listen, the homework assignments weren’t easy. I did homework almost every single night. And the take-home project was challenging. But all of this helped me learn, and if someone is dedicated, he or she can do it too!
I am really sure that because of this program I will find a great job. I’m ready and I have the knowledge now.”
“PIW made me strive to obtain law information and a wide variety of information that is necessary to be a good, knowledge abiding citizen. The instructors were also fun and sharp in their fields.”
“PIW gives a student a broad background in the legal field; teaching by real, practicing attorneys; homework that challenges the brain; and most importantly, staff who want to see you succeed.”
“My experience and training has made me a valuable asset. Work is coming to me rather than the other way around. The school director and the attorney I interned with helped me to achieve a workable confidence level in the field.”
“The people are really professional and always helpful. I learned more than I thought I would. It was a pretty intensive experience and an enjoyable experience.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it provided me with the knowledge and confidence to pursue a new career path in the legal profession. I especially enjoyed the self-directed internship portion of the certificate program because it allowed me to work at my own pace without deadlines. The nature of the work I was asked to complete taught me the skills needed to work as a paralegal immediately following certification.”
“If I ever had a problem or question, the staff was always available and willing to help. It was a great experience attending PIW.”
“PIW broadened my knowledge of every facet of the law in a very condensed time period. With discipline and perseverance, you can complete the program at the scheduled time.”
“The instructors and staff were all very helpful. They were patient and willing to assist in any way they could.”
PIW taught me things that college didn’t, mainly because there was more room for one-on-one interaction. I can truly say that I learned a lot instead of remembered a lot. PIW is a great higher education institution, and I would definitely recommend it to any and all of my peers. Thank you for the learning experience.
The staff was very supportive from identifying a great firm to intern with to locating a position with a law firm. I highly recommend PIW to anyone seeking to jumpstart their paralegal career.
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it gave me a taste of every area of the law and turned it into a viable career opportunity. I enjoyed the structure of the class. They designed it with learning in mind.”
“I was able to get a job because I had a great foundation and confidence when interviewing. The staff took the time and consideration in preparing me for a future. The skills acquired at PIW made my resume stronger.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because it was a true benefit. I was just graduating from college and the job market was not looking so promising. I thought that maybe I should make myself more marketable by getting a Paralegal Certificate. At PIW, the lawyers are truly passionate about the law they practice. I had to travel from Baltimore, Maryland and the computer lab was always open for me. I would like to say thanks to all of the staff at PIW.”
“You do not need a law background to attend PIW, because you feel like you have been in the field before, after graduation. The instructors and all the staff at PIW are really committed to their students from the first day of their admission to as long as they will need their help or assistance. Today I am proud to be a graduate of PIW because they helped me prepare to meet the challenges of the legal field. Thank you very much for your commitment. I will always be grateful for that.”
“I enjoyed my experience at PIW because the classes were fun, but very informative. All the staff at PIW are extremely helpful and they take great care of their students, even after graduation. I was able to get a job due to the PIW resume and interview training. I can now walk into an interview feeling a lot more confident.”
“I’ve enjoyed my experience at PIW because it showed me the true side of law. I loved all of the areas that were covered and it gave me a sense of what I like and don’t like. I especially enjoyed the hands-on projects. I was able to get a job because I took my internship seriously and treated it like a real job. The boss was impressed.”
“The classes were informative and for the most part, the instructors were enthusiastic about the material that they were sharing. I feel that the program is really set up for people to succeed. Not that I needed to come back over and over to retake tests, but the idea that one could come back and demonstrate that they had retained the necessary knowledge kind of excited me. I got the feeling that the people here really want to see their students perform well.”
“I was a graduate of your January 2004 class, where I received invaluable training and knowledge under your tutelage. As soon as I completed all my tasks and my name was put forward for an internship, I was offered a position within one week! I really love this firm and I was welcomed very warmly. I am still working there full-time and gaining more experience every day. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity.”
“I would like to say thank you. I appreciate everything you and your staff have done for me. I never thought of becoming a paralegal until I saw your ad on T.V. I am very happy that I took the opportunity to attend the Paralegal Institute. It was very reasonable and very challenging. I would recommend people to your school who would like to become a paralegal or who want to be in the legal field…I have gained a lot of experience that I will take with me in the near future.”
“I performed my internship at Wilbon & Associates and they were very pleased with my work performance. They asked me to stay on throughout the summer and I agreed. This firm was a perfect match for me and I think they feel the same about me. This position is only temporary but, if it gives me the opportunity to obtain that experience needed, especially since I’m starting
a new career after many years.
The Paralegal Institute was the best investment I could have made in my future. I can see good thing happening for me, and I owe it to all of you.
Thanks again and I will keep you posted.”
“Hi Mimi and Wayne —
Just wanted to say thank you for all of your help with school and with relocating here to the Miami, Florida area. I first I was a little scared because of my age and going back to school but you all were great and I was able to retain everything I learned in class.
I started my internship in May and after only four days the company made me a job offer and I start on payroll Monday!!! WOW!!!!!
I am very happy here and the experience that I am gaining is priceless. I have worked on litigation cases, sat in on three hearings and two depositions, requested medical records from doctors, conducted client interviews and so much more.
Thank you for all the preparation because it really paid off.
Thank you once again.”
“After a fruitless search for a paralegal position in the Washington DC metropolitan area, I decided to abandon the conventional means of looking for a job and try something else. That is when I discovered the paralegal program at PIW.
I am delighted that it was one of the wisest decisions I have made in my life. Through this program I was able to secure a job at a DC law firm. I owe a debt of gratitude to the staff of PIW for their hard work and genuine interest in my dreams. The assistance I received from you significantly changed my life and I wish to express my profound appreciation to all of you!”
“My experience at Paralegal Institute of Washington, D.C. (PIW) was rewarding and beneficial. I have learned so much from this program. At the time I enrolled in this program, I was already pursuing a Certificate in Paralegal Studies at the University of Maryland, University College. What interested me the most about this program was the opportunity to do the correspondence work and the internship. Moreover, the program exposed me to various areas of law in just two weeks. I was able to grasp a lot of material by their methods of teaching and practical work. Mr. Wayne Cohen and Mimi Dennis are excellent teachers. Their methods of teaching, usage of analogies and practical works made the subject more interesting and easy to understand.
The major difference that I have found between this program and my school is that I have learned almost the same material in just four weeks in this program as opposed to one year of school. Moreover, this program provided correspondence work like assignments in all areas of the law, job interview advice, and field trips to the courthouse, which was an excellent exercise. This really prepared me prior to stepping my foot in the legal arena.
Lastly, I have found this program’s job placement an excellent way to step my foot into the legal field. Prior to enrolling in this program, I had applied to a myriad of jobs but was unlucky to find even a single job in the legal field. However, after completing this program and successfully finishing my four-week internship, I was offered a position in the same law firm I interned at. I have to mention this that when I started my internship and was assigned duties and tasks like interrogating clients, going to court to file a case, researching, I found everything so easy because of this program. This program is like a “Training Class” that provides “to-be-paralegals” with all the necessary material that they need to know to perform in the real world of the legal field.
In conclusion, I really want to thank the whole staff for their help and support in making me successful in my career. This program has a lot of useful information that will prepare one to be a successful paralegal. This program was worth paying for, and I am glad I made a smart move. I would highly recommend this program to other people, and I wish you all luck in the future.”
“My name is Bridget and I attended the December 8th class in 2003. I was nervous before taking the class that 8 weeks was not enough time to become a paralegal especially since did not have any prior office experience or any experience in the area of law. After the first two weeks and 4 classes I already had an understanding of what a lot of the general laws were and how to carry out almost any paralegal task that was asked of me.
During the two weeks of independent study following the classes I felt prepared and very aware of what exactly I needed to do. The last four weeks were my internship. After only four weeks I was working as a paralegal on my first day of my internship at a law firm. By the end of the four weeks I had already been offered a job with the firm I was interning with. The Paralegal Institute of Washington was the best move I could have made towards a career!”
“I would like to thank you for placing me at one of the top immigration firms in Washington, D.C. I could not have asked for a more well-matched internship. The tips received and lessons learned in your course, with regards to hard work and diligence, assisted me in being so successful during my month log placement that I was offered a position with the firm even before my internship officially ended.
During the course, I found the out of class assignments helpful in determining which fields of law I would like to focus upon. I also enjoyed the concise format of the course. After only a few months of intense focused and fortitude, The Paralegal Institute of Washington, D.C., gave me the necessary skills to begin my career as a legal assistant.
The knowledge acquired in your course has contributed to my professional growth and success and I enthusiastically recommend the Paralegal Institute of Washington, D.C. without reservation.”
October 30, 2003: “After my internship I slowly started to look for work. I went to drop off my resume in person for a job in your building and was interviewed, without warning, and offered the job on the spot! I had only heard of that happening through your course. I know if I had not followed Mr. Cohen’s advice to always have copies of my resume and references with me, and drop off resumes in person, I would not have a job today. I always thought some of his ideas were a little far fetched, I don’t anymore!”
October 21, 2003: “Before I decided to pursue a career in the Paralegal field, I was lost, confused and disappointed with my chosen field of study from my undergraduate studies. . . .Paralegal Institute helped me realize that all of the skills that I already had from my previous management positions and the retail industry were transferable. For example, attention to detail and customer service skills are a prerequisite for being an effective food service manager. Attention to detail and client relations are a necessary as a paralegal.”
October 10, 2003: “Thank God you offered this course to me. I would not think that in a million years I would have a job like this. My job is rewarding and also pays good money. . . .I started the program at 18 and now I have a job that 25 year old students would kill for. This program will help you succeed, as well as have fun.”
September 3, 2003: “Because of the service you provide, I was given the opportunity to not only “get a job” but to have a career. Thank you!”