Paralegal Studies Certificate

Gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in the legal field

Program Fast Facts

  • Start date: August 17, 2024
  • Saturdays
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • On Campus
  • 6 months
  • 5,495 Priority Tuition
    (expires 8/2/24)
    $5,745 Standard Tuition

Paralegal Studies Certificate

SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate program.

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 will help you prepare for success the industry.

Upcoming Start Dates

August 17


9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

On campus

October 21

Mondays & Wednesdays

6 – 9 p.m. 

Live online

February 15


9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Live online

June TBD

Tuesdays & Thursdays

6 – 9 p.m. 

On campus

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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Highlight Your Accomplishment

Complete your certificate and earn a digital badge to add to your resume and LinkedIn profile.

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Acquire the in-demand skills

Demonstrate your knowledge and skills

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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Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

Hear from instructors and students about the career benefits of the SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate program.

Emilie Taos

Student Success

"I'm more marketable now as an executive assistant with a paralegal certificate."

— Emilie Beavers, SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate student

Featured Instructors

Michele Boerder

Lindsey Hardy

Lindsey Hardy


Kristine Horn


Did you know?

  • 14%

    Growth expected for the paralegal job market by 2031

  • $62,690

    Average annual salary for DFW paralegals.

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