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    Paralegal Certificate Program Gives Participants Two Unique Options - Blended or Online

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    Earning a Paralegal Certificate from the Professional Development Institute at the University of North Texas won't waste your money or your time. This comprehensive 8-week program is available in two versions. The blended live/online program meets on Saturdays only, with on-line study following on Sunday. The online-only program gives distance learners the opportunity to complete the entire program with no classroom time. Call Tami Russell at 866.374.0876 for details on either great option.

    Dallas Paralegal Certificate Program

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    PDI's affordable Paralegal Certificate Program awards a certificate of completion after eight weeks of intense instruction. You'll have live instruction each Saturday followed up with an online lesson on Sunday. Materials - a $500 value - are included in the program fee. Instructors include an expert group of attorneys, paralegals and specialists. Don't wait and enroll today.

    Online Certificate Program

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    We've made it even more convenient to earn your paralegal certificate. Based on our successful classroom program, we offer an online version of the paralegal certificate program. Over a span of 8 weeks, earn your certificate online. New modules are released each week over the 8 weeks, with instructors available for feedback and guidance.

    Attend a Free Information Session

    How do you know a program is right for you? For more than 2,500 graduates over the past 20 years, the clear choice has been the Paralegal Certificate Program offered by the UNT/PDI Center for Paralegal Education. Outlining the details of the Paralegal Certificate Program in an informal environment is the reason PDI's Center for Paralegal Education introduced the Paralegal Information Session more than a decade ago.

    PDI's Paralegal Information Session is held two weeks prior to every certificate program. You'll have an opportunity to ask all your questions and view materials. It lasts no more than one hour. View our calendar to see the next Information Session

    The event is absolutely free and there is no obligation to enroll. You will receive $100 off the program price if you register and pay for the program prior to or during the Paralegal Information Session. The choice is yours.

    Can't make the live information session? There's a session online. Click here to attend the session online about the paralegal certificate program.

    Financial Assistance

    Payment options are available.

    Please contact Tami Russell at 866.374.0876 or trussell@pdi.org.

    A Few Words About Our Instructors

    Our instructors bring an incredibly diverse array of working knowledge into their respective classrooms. What sets them apart is their ability to merge the technical knowledge with real-world examples so that the knowledge and concepts taught are clear and understandable.

    Robert P. Buckner

    Bob Buckner has a general civil practice and is a former corporate attorney for the ENSERCH Corporation. He holds a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches topics related to tort and family law.

    Bill Lamoreaux

    Bill Lamoreaux has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He practices labor and employment law, commercial law, and probate and estate law, in addition to serving as an arbitrator through the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA", formerly the New Your Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers). He is also and adjunct professor at the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. He is certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, formerly served as Chair of the Dallas Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, rated "AV" by Martindale Hubbel, and served on the State Bar of Texas district 6a Grievance Committee from 1999 to 2005.

    Sylvia Blake-Larson

    Sylvia Blake-Larson has a B.A. from Baylor University and a J.D. from Drake University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Government for Tarrant County College. Her background has been mainly in the role of Prosecutor; with positions within the offices of the District Attorney, Attorney General, and most recently, as Regional Counsel for the State Bar of Texas.

    Kathryn M. McCauley

    Kathryn McCauley is director of Student Legal Services at the University of North Texas. She is responsible for providing legal services to more than 30,000 graduate and undergraduates at UNT and has facilitated more than $464,000 worth of verdicts, settlements and recoveries in the last three years. She has a J.D. from the SMU Dedman School of Law and was Business Editor of the SMU Law Review.

    Rachel Burlage

    Rachel Burlage is a graduate of the University of North Texas (BA and MA) and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She is an IT Compliance Analyst for the University of North Texas System.

    A Few Words from Others

    Hear from several of the many graduates of the paralegal certificate program regarding their experience in PDI's paralegal certificate program.

    "As a man making a career change late in life, choosing the right Paralegal school was a very different process. PDI-UNT exceeded all of my expectations. The instructors were extraordinary. The staff is top-notch. It was challenging, but I learned more in 8 weeks than I learned in years of college courses. I would pay twice what I did if I had to do it again. It was well worth the money. Thank you PDI." -Dennis R.

    "Thank you PDI! I got my first paralegal job (with no prior experience) the Friday before graduation. I will be getting a $10,000 raise! Hooray! I really enjoyed the program, and obviously, it helped me greatly in beginning my new career!" -Sara S.

    "My experience at PDI has been the most informative of my life. Of all the traditional schools and colleges I have attended, I have learned more in eight weeks than over several years. The hands-on knowledge and experiences of each instructor makes all the difference in my ability to understand and apply the abundance of information; I utilize it on my job and in my personal life as well. Thank you for this life changing experience." -Tish H.

    "For the cost and time this program is the best for anyone who is thinking of making a career change and becoming a paralegal. You will gain insight into the position and knowledge of a variety of legal areas to help you plan your future." -Lisa A.

    Fall Blended 2015 Paralegal Certificate Program

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    Open House Date: August 8, 2015
    Program Begins: August 22 - October 17, 2015
    Cost: $2,225
    Location: Crowne Plaza, 14315 Midway Rd.
    Description: Earn your paralegal certificate with a convenient, blended program featuring both online and live Saturday classes.

    Fall Online 2015 Paralegal Certificate Program

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    Date: Begins September 5, 2015
    Cost: $2,225
    Location: Online

    Description: We've made it even more convenient to earn your paralegal certificate. Based on our successful classroom program, we offer an online version of the paralegal certificate program. Over a span of 8 weeks, earn your certificate online.
    New modules are released each week over the 8 weeks, with instructors available for feedback and guidance.

    Commonly asked questions about the paralegal profession

    The paralegal profession can be tricky and confusing to navigate at times.

    Download a fact sheet on the most common questions we get asked about the paralegal profession.

    Commonly asked questions about the PDI Paralegal Certificate Program

    PDI's Paralegal Certificate Program is one of the most accelerated, cost-effective programs of its kind. Participants can earn a certificate of completion in eight weekends (Saturdays are live and Sundays following with on-line study) or entirely online, while other programs cost many thousands of dollars more and can take years to complete.

    The format makes it easy to boost your career without spending time away from the office. Newcomers and those already working in the field BOTH benefit from the program.

    Download our fact sheet now on the most frequently asked questions about the PDI Paralegal Certificate Program.

    Attend a Free Open House

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    Date: August 8, 2015

    Location: Crowne Plaza, 14315 Midway

    Cost: Free

    Description: Find out more information about the paralegal profession and PDI's certificate program. It's also an opportunity to get all your questions answered.

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