Paralegals are an essential part of the successful practice of law. The SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate is a six month, noncredit certificate program designed to give an overview of the profession with an emphasis on practical skills. All modules are taught by carefully selected and experienced professionals who share their knowledge and expertise.
Program fast facts
||Priority Rate (by May 22 for Jun. program; by Aug. 4 for Aug. program): $5,495
Standard Rate: $5,745
Jun. 6 – Dec. 5, 2017; T/Th evenings 6 – 9 p.m. on the Dallas campus
Aug. 19, 2017 – Mar. 10, 2018: Saturdays on the Plano campus
Watch our free on-demand information video about the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.
Attend a free in-person infosession and panel discussion on the value of paralegal studies, May 17 on the SMU campus. Get a parking pass.
Who Should Register?
- Legal Staff who want to enhance their skills
- People seeking knowledge of the paralegal profession
- Students considering law school
What are the Benefits?
Learn from expert instructors: Each course is taught by a practicing professional - attorneys and paralegals - who are experts in their fields with real-world experience.
Get up to Speed: Complete the Program in about six months
Flexible Schedule: Evening and weekend options are available on the Dallas and Plano campuses to fit with your busy life.
Complete these six courses to earn your certificate:
- Introduction to Law
- Tort and Personal Injury Law
- Legal Research and Writing
- Civil Litigation
- Legal Technology
- Contract Law
- Survey of Law
Additionally, two sessions of Career Preparation provide information on the legal workplace, resume writing, and more.
Get started on your Certificate in Paralegal Studies!
- Confirm you meet the minimum program requirements.
- View a free online information video.
- 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.
Download the next paralegal schedule