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This is a short list of known and reputable paralegal education programs in and around the Dallas area that often collaborate with DAPA.  By no means is this an exhaustive list of all paralegal programs available to current or future DAPA members.  We have present and past DAPA Board members that teach at these schools and are happy to connect you to the proper Board member to help provide feedback or direction.  For more information regarding paralegal programs, please contact our Director-At-Large.


Southern Methodist University


539 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75206

El Centro College 214-860-2266 801 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202
Texas A&M Commerce 903-886-5317 2200 Campbell St. Commerce, TX 75428

Collin College 972.548.6790

Frisco (Preston Ridge)

McKinney (Central Park)

Plano (Spring Creek)

ABA Accreditation

Formal paralegal training programs are offered by an estimated 1,000 two-year colleges, four-year colleges & universities, law schools, and business & proprietary schools.  Approximately 260 (26%) of those paralegal programs are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

When choosing an educational program, keep in mind that “seeking approval from the American Bar Association is a voluntary process initiated by the institution offering the program. Therefore, the lack of approval does not necessarily mean a paralegal program is not of good quality and reputable.”***  Certain paralegal programs require an four-year bachelor's degree to apply and attend, which allows their graduate-level programs to be completed in less time than other programs that may be ABA accredited since credit hours need not be earned towards / applied towards prerequisites.

***American Bar Association: ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals Career Information.

Please view our educational packet for more information.

Education Packet.pdf

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