Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Certificate

SMU Certificate in Paralegal Studies | Program Details

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FORMAT In-Person
TUITION Priority Rate (by Aug. 4): $5,495
Standard Rate: $5,745
NEXT PROGRAMS Jun. 6 – Dec. 5, 2017; T/Th evenings 6 – 9 p.m. on the Dallas campus

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The SMU Certificate in Paralegal Studies is a six-month, non-credit certificate program offered in a classroom format. 

You will learn the practical information, processes, and procedures essential to the legal environment. 

The certificate program is divided into seven courses, including Introduction to Law, Torts & Personal Injury, Legal Research & Writing, Civil Litigation, Legal Technology, Contract Law, and Survey of Law for a total of over 125 classroom and coursework hours.

Introduction to Law

Learn about the sources of law in the United States, the court system, and the basics of attorney/paralegal ethics.

Tort and Personal Injury Law

Torts are civil wrongs that do not arise from a contractual relationship. Learn the differences between negligence, intentional torts, and strict liability.

Legal Research and Writing

Gain the essential skills of analysis and writing basic legal documents using the online Westlaw database. Understand proper Bluebook and Greenbook citation formats and how to draft a legal memorandum.

Civil Litigation

Understand the role of the paralegal in preparing for and conducting civil litigation. You will draft a petition, discovery documents, and prepare a deposition summary.

Legal Technology

Learn to navigate the processes for state and federal court dockets and electronic filings. You will research a case in state court and federal court through court on-line docket systems.

Contract Law

Review the basic requirements of contract formation and the role of paralegals in drafting simple contracts. Written assignments include drafting of contractual provisions.

Survey of Law

Get an overview of fundamental principles of bankruptcy, real and intellectual property, business organizations and corporate law, employment law, family law, and wills and trusts.

In these interactive and engaging classes, you will learn from experts in the classroom setting, collaborate with your peers, and receive instruction on resume-writing and interviewing skills. 

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