Are you a legal assistant looking to expand your skills and knowledge? The SMU Paralegal Studies Certificate Program will give you that along with 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. And Paralegal careers are a great option for a career changers.

Paralegal Careers

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for Paralegals in DFW is $57,310.[i] A 17% increase in employment for paralegals and legal assistants is projected nationwide from 2012 to 2022, compared with a projected 29.8% increase in employment for paralegals and legal assistants in Texas during the same period.[ii][iii] In addition, it’s considered one of the ‘Best Jobs in America’ by CNNMoney/Payscale.

Paralegals can work in a variety of environments including law firms, corporations, government agencies, financial institutions and educational institutions. Some paralegals are self-employed and can work on a contract basis.

Program Benefits

  • Fast-Track Your Career – 6 month program
  • Flexibility – Evening & Weekend Classes
  • Career Assistance – Industry-specific career planning and advancement sessions, as well as generalized career coaching to assist you no matter what your next steps are after the program ends
  • SMU Reputation – Distinguished Alumni, Top 50 Law School
  • Tuition Includes Textbooks & Course Materials


The course is taught by practicing attorneys and Paralegals. You’ll learn from subject matter experts that can place the curriculum in real world examples, making it a highly relevant educational experience.

Get Started!

A four-year college degree is required both to accommodate the level of training provided and to ensure graduates are qualified for employment. Click here to view available programs and to register.

For more details and questions about course requirements, watch our free online course information video or contact a Program Advisor at or 214-768-1184.

[i] Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2014

[ii] Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2014 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants:

[iii] Texas Workforce Commission: