Look behind the most successful law firms and you will find skilled, credentialed, capable paralegal professionals. For years, the paralegal profession has ranked among the fastest growing careers in the U.S. A paralegal certificate demonstrates to employers a commitment and a mastery of essential legal training, skills, and knowledge. The Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies at SMU prepares ambitious individuals to enter the growing Dallas (or Texas) legal community with the confidence and credentials to succeed.
The SMU Paralegal Certificate consists of six modules, delivered over six months, providing the critical training and practical knowledge needed to succeed in the paralegal field. All modules are taught by carefully selected and experienced attorneys who share their knowledge and expertise. Additionally, we provide career development support and paralegal resource materials including textbooks, reference books, and website support for students progressing through the program.
Strengthen your career or start a new one!
SMU’s exciting and challenging new certificate program is ideal for legal assistants and staff wishing to augment their experience with a professional credential, career changers seeking a profession with strong compensation, and students considering law school who want a head start on their peers. Skills and knowledge acquired in the courses include an understanding of legal procedure, ethics, and substantive law as well as research, communication and writing. In less than six months, you can earn a Paralegal Certificate from SMU!
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Get started on your Certificate in Paralegal Studies!
- Confirm you meet the minimum program requirements.
- Attend a free online information session. Offered throughout the year, these 60-minute sessions are packed with information about SMU’s program and the paralegal industry.
- Choose your program and enroll. SMU’s Paralegal Certificate program is offered at the Dallas, Texas campus in both weekend and evening formats to fit your busy schedule.