Are you a legal assistant looking to expand your skills and knowledge? Or are you working in a different field, but interested in making the switch to law?

The SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is designed to give you a solid foundation of the principles and practices inherent to the legal profession. The program is also an exceptional resource for those considering law school and for business owners, accountants and HR professionals who deal with legal matters on a frequent basis.

Three Reasons to Consider the SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate Program:

Career Potential for Paralegals

In 2020, the average annual salary for paralegals was $52,920, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The role of paralegal made U.S. News and World Report’s list of 100 Best Jobs and is ranked #5 in Best Social Services Jobs.

“Paralegals aid attorneys in nearly every facet of the legal profession…’Behind every great lawyer is a great paralegal,’ is a phrase scrawled on many a magnet and coffee mug…Like lawyers, paralegals can specialize in certain types of law, such as criminal, corporate, immigration and family…The best paralegals are team players who operate behind the scenes.”
–Best Jobs U.S. News and World Report Rankings

In the SMU Paralegal Studies program, you’ll participate in industry-specific career planning and advancement sessions to prepare you for your next career step.

Fast and Flexible Schedule

Fast-track your career in this six-month program. With both evening and weekend classes available, the SMU program has flexible options to suit your schedule.

Learn from Experts

The SMU Paralegal Studies program is taught by leading professionals in the legal field. You’ll learn from practicing attorneys and paralegals who can share their insights and industry experience. Plus, you’ll collaborate with your peers and start building or expanding your professional network.

Get Started!

Apply now for the next cohort of the SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate program! For more information, visit the SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate website or contact a Program Advisor at or 214-768-1184.