Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Standard Rate: $5,745
Textbooks not included. See Tuition section below for required textbooks.
Why Choose SMU PRO?
- Courses are taught by practicing professionals — attorneys and paralegals — experts with real-world experience
- Six months start to finish
- Evening and weekend options fit with your busy life
Who Should Attend?
- Legal staff who want to upgrade their skills
- Students considering law school
- Anyone seeking knowledge of the paralegal profession
Online Learning Requirements
This course will be offered virtually for Fall 2020. The well-being of our students and community is our top priority, and we are excited to deliver dynamic and engaging courses in a fully online format.
Students will interact with instructors and other students through Zoom and SMU GO's Learning Management System (Canvas). To maximize classroom instruction and your learning experience, we require the use of video & audio devices during the Zoom meeting. It will be necessary to have reliable internet with sufficient bandwidth to support the use of video during class.
Registered students will receive individualized communication with further instructions to help you prepare for class.
See Tuition section below for list of required textbooks.
Tuition and Fees
- A $50 non-refundable application fee must be paid before submitting your completed registration form and photocopy of your undergraduate transcript.
- The priority registration fee for students who have registered and paid by the priority registration deadline is $5,495.
- The standard registration fee after the priority deadline has passed is $5,745.
- SMU faculty, staff, students and alumni save 10%.
Students may qualify for a Smart Options Continuing Education Student Loan, offered by Sallie Mae.
SMU PRO also offers a flexible payment plan this program, so that you don’t have pay in full at the time of registration.
Tuition does not include the cost of textbooks.
- Personal Injury and the Law of Torts for Paralegals (any edition)
- The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th edition or newer)
The Greenbook: Texas Rules of Forms (14th edition)
- Basic Contract Law for Paralegals (any edition)
ISBN: 978 1 4548 5555 2
Suggested, but not required textbook:
- Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work (any edition)
- Complete the online application and attach a photocopy of your undergraduate transcript or diploma when prompted.
- SMU PRO will confirm your acceptance and facilitate your payment for the program of your choice.
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- Register for the program online, and pay the non-refundable $50 fee. Payment of the application fee does not guarantee a seat in the class/program
- Upon registering, you will receive, via email, a confirmation receipt* and the program application. Return the completed application and requested documents to email@example.com.
- Your student advisor will confirm your acceptance and send accepted students a welcome email with the next steps toward enrollment.
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Aaron B. Bath, CEDS, RP®
Aaron has worked in litigation since 2001 overseeing 120+ trials during his career. Currently, Aaron serves as the for Balfour Beatty, a $14 Billion+ market-cap multinational infrastructure group with capabilities in construction services, engineering, and infrastructure investments. Before joining Balfour Beatty, Aaron was the first ever non-attorney to serve as for Copart, Inc. – a multi-billion dollar public company in the automotive technology space. Prior to working in-house, Aaron worked for several top litigation law firms in Dallas and New York as their senior managing trial paralegal. Contemporaneous to his day job, Aaron is the adjunct professor of legal technology, eDiscovery, and litigation management at Southern Methodist University, where he previously earned his Bachelor's degree in Jurisprudential studies and a graduate-level Paralegal certificate. Most recently, Aaron completed a professional certificate in In addition to authoring numerous articles in the areas of litigation management and legal technology, Aaron has been called as a subject-matter expert at trial for cases involving discovery abuse and violations. Aaron serves on the Board of Directors for DAPA, the (ACEDS), and also serves as DAPA's President-Elect.
Michele Boerder, CP, BCP-TBLS
Joncilee M. Davis, ACP
As a paralegal with over twenty years of experience, Joncilee's civil litigation practice areas include commercial litigation, intellectual property, premises liability, commercial trucking accidents, and wrongful death cases. She has previously worked in the fields of insurance defense, appellate law, family law, criminal law, and toxic tort. Currently, she is employed by Polsinelli as a litigation paralegal.
Joncilee attended Texas A&M University and obtained her degree in Political Science, with a double minor in History and Sociology. Following her graduation, Joncilee worked as an assistant probation office for the Dallas County Criminal District Courts, working with adult felons. Some of the attorneys at the courthouse discussed her becoming a paralegal, and loving the idea, she attended Southeastern Paralegal Institute and obtained her Paralegal Certificate with Honors. She also received her Master of Science degree Magna Cum Laude from Amberton University in Human Relations and Business.
Joncilee received certification as a Certified Paralegal from NALA in 1998 and the Advanced Paralegal Certification in Trial Practice in 2007.
Joncilee is a charter member of the North Texas Paralegal Association. Having been a member since 2001, she has served in numerous roles, including twice as President. She is also Chair of the Texas State Bar Paralegal Ambassador’s Program. She was elected to the Kaplan Education Alumni Hall of Fame and was voted as one of Paralegal Gateway's 2012 Paralegal Superstars.
Joan E. Marshall
Richard J. Pradarits Jr., J.D.
Richard J. Pradarits Jr. has practiced law for 28 years. He has practiced in Texas and federal courts at the trial- and appellate-court levels. His legal experience includes the fields of torts, contracts, statutory actions and constitutional law. He has extensive experience in complex litigation, including numerous class actions in various jurisdictions. He has represented private plaintiffs and defendants and governmental entities. He is an experienced mediator and has received two local mediation awards. He was a research attorney at the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas.
Mr. Pradarits received his Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude (top two percent of graduating class), from South Texas College of Law-Houston, where he was assistant managing editor of law review and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi scholastic fraternity and the Order of the Lytae scholastic society. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.
Toya J. Walker
Melissa Weaver works as a solo practitioner handling immigration cases. Previous to this, she served as the Women and Children’s Program Attorney for local non-profit, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc. (“HRI”) for ten years. At HRI she provided free legal services to indigent immigrant victims and families of domestic abuse, trafficking and violent crimes. Melissa handles cases concerning VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), U-Visa, and SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status). She first began working with children at the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She also interned for Texas Lawyers for Children. While in law school, Melissa interned with several federal agencies. She assisted in a landmark human trafficking/national origin discrimination case at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Dallas. She also assisted with several civil and criminal cases with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Texas.
Prior to joining HRI, Melissa spent several years in private practice, where she focused on civil litigation and bankruptcy. Melissa received her law degree from Southern Methodist University and she holds a B.S.A. from the University of Georgia.