Paralegal Studies Certificate

Gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in the legal field

Program Fast Facts

  • Start date: February 26, 2022
  • Saturdays
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT
  • Online
  • 6 months
  • 5,495 Priority Tuition
    (expires 2/11/22)
    $5,745 Standard Tuition

Paralegal Studies Certificate

Why Paralegal Studies at SMU?

Distinguished faculty and highly experienced practitioners

Learn from legal experts

Instructors are practicing attorneys and paralegals who share diverse perspectives and real-world examples in class.

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SMU’s deep ties to industry

Complete the program in six months

Classes take place on evenings and weekends to accommodate your schedule.


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Acquire the in-demand skills

Demonstrate your knowledge and skills with a certificate from SMU

Program graduates have been hired by Dallas’ top legal firms who recognize and trust SMU’s commitment to excellence.

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Build your professional network

With instructors as guides, students progress through the program with the same group of peers from class-to-class.


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Essential to the practice of law, the paralegal profession is expected to grow 10% by 2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate program covers a comprehensive curriculum of 129 hours. Through content designed by practicing attorneys and paralegals, you will gain substantive foundational legal knowledge and practical experience. includes Modules in legal technology and career planning and advancement will help you prepare for success the industry.

Featured Instructors

Michele Boerder

Lindsey Hardy

Lindsey Hardy


Kristine Horn


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Average annual salary for DFW paralegals.



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