Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Certificate

SMU Paralegal Certificate Program | Industry Resources

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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 Paralegal Industry is growing much faster than average, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. This dynamic growth can make it difficult to stay up-to-date on paralegal industry news and information.  Below is a list of articles, associations and other links that you may find helpful as you research this exciting profession.

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Paralegal Salaries
New Opportunities for Paralegals
The Effective Resume and Cover Letter
Perspective on the Paralegal Profession
How to Interview Clients

Associations and Organizations

National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.
American Association for Paralegal Education
National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.
International Paralegal Management Association
Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)

Other Links

National Association of Legal Assistants

  • NALA is the "leading professional, national association for legal assistants and paralegals, providing continuing education and professional development programs."


  • Westlaw is "a leading online legal research service, providing the broadest collection of legal resources, news, business, and public records information."

Federal Rules of Evidence

  • By Cornell University's Legal Information Institute (LII).

U.S. Code

  • Searchable by title and section, from Cornell's LII.

U.S. Supreme Court

  • This is the official web site of the United States Supreme Court. It features information about the court, an automated docket system, court rules, opinions, public information, and more.

U.S. Court Forms

  • U.S. Court Forms publishes a large collection of industry-standard court forms for state and federal jurisdictions.

Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)

  • The ALA works to improve the quality of management in legal services organizations, promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of legal administrators and all members of the management team, and represent professional legal management and managers to the legal community and to the community at large.


  • FindLaw is an all-purpose legal search tool featuring numerous categories for legal professionals, students, businesses, and the public. It has a powerful search engine.

American Association for Paralegal Education

  • Established in 1981, AAfPE is a national organization serving paralegal education and institutions that offer paralegal education programs.

Legal News

  • Current legal news online.

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook


  • Accessible legal resource site for individual and entrepreneurs

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