Hello and Welcome

Jackie Van Dyke,

I’m Jackie, Certified Paralegal, university professor, entrepreneur and legal writing coach.

When I started The Paralegal Writer, I knew I wanted to create courses for paralegals like myself. I have been in your very shoes, as a student, struggling to create the balance between being a working mother and spending time on my studies.

I understand the difficulties of raising a family and the added pressure of studying for a course. You are most likely asking yourself when you’ll find the time to do the work. This is why I’ve created the courses in the way that I have, so there is space for self-learning at your own pace but also the opportunity to come together as a community to support one another and share success.

I’m passionate about professional development and over 80% of my course students go on to pass the NALA Skills Exam. Even though it’s challenging, I promise that I will be there to encourage your study, answer your questions and celebrate when you pass the certification.

I got my masters in paralegal studies at The George Washington University and at graduation I was asked to become part of the faculty. I have years of experience as a professor of paralegal studies, teaching Advanced Legal Writing and American Jurisprudence at The George Washington University and Legal Research at the University of San Diego School of Law. I’ve also published numerous expert articles, I’m a member of the NALA Continuing Education Council and have been selected to be a speaker for this year’s NALA 2021 Annual Virtual Conference, which is such an honor.

I give so much to my students and genuinely care about their success. I’m proof that paralegal students can go on to follow their passions and define their futures.

After all, knowledge is power and your knowledge begins now.


The Paralegal Writer

Professor of Paralegal Studies

The George Washington University

College of Professional Studies

Professor of Legal Research

University of San Diego 

School of Law

Paralegal Certificate Program

Entrepreneur and Legal Writing Coach

The Paralegal Writer™ 


Continuing Education Council and
Paralegal Educators Committee

The National Association of Legal Assistants