Earn your North Carolina state paralegal certification with our Paralegal Certification Education Prep program. Make your mark and become an integral part of a law office.
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Paralegals are the heart and soul of many law offices across the state of North Carolina and throughout the nation. They perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers. Lawyers depend on their paralegals to act as a point of contact for their law office. Paralegals maintain legal documents, file briefs, motions, and handle all of the important details of law and government.
Paralegals also gather facts and investigate cases, research case law, conduct administrative assistant duties, help to arrange evidence for attorneys preparing for a case, draft and file reports and legal documents, handle exhibits, take trial notes and serve as a point of contact to clients, witnesses, other attorneys and those involved in cases.
Paralegals and legal assistants often work in teams with attorneys, fellow paralegals and other legal support staff. Most paralegals work 40 hours per week, and they do most of their work in offices. Paralegals commonly work in law firms, local city, state and government agencies, corporations, hospitals, banks and real estate firms.
Katie Riddle, NCCP, FLMI, ARA
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 12% through 2030, faster than average out of all occupations. About 43,000 openings are projected for each year.
The BLS reports the median annual wage for a paralegal or legal assistant in 2021 was $56,230, and the highest 10% earned more than $88,640. The top industries in which they worked include the federal government, finance and insurance, local and state government.
Upon completion of this program, you will be certified in the state of North Carolina for paralegal work. Visit North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification to learn more information.
Students must have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree to be eligible to attend Greensboro College’s 13-week program. The course requires 190 contact hours and 300 overall hours. The in-class hours are reached by attending classes for four hours two nights a week, along with optional Saturday classes.
Feb. 7, 2023 – June 15, 2023
Tuesday, Thursday 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and four Saturdays 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The cost for the Greensboro Paralegal program is: $5,000 (installment payment plan) or $4,800 (paid in full).
The fee includes: instruction, books, materials, notary class, e-notary class, resume writing and mock interview coaching.
Recent college graduates, career changers or individuals looking for a professional field, and current legal assistants or paralegals are encouraged to enroll.
Professional certification is the ideal way to display your competence to employers and clients and set yourself apart from your competition. Though it’s voluntary, certification could help you land a better job, advance in your current job, or qualify for a pay increase.
With a paralegal certificate, your coursework will be entirely specific to what you need to know as a paralegal. You don’t receive any general education classes that are included as part of any full degree program. A paralegal degree, on the other hand, will include required general education topics in addition to paralegal-specific coursework. This is why earning a paralegal certificate takes much less time than a full degree program.
A paralegal career is an excellent choice for anyone fascinated by the law. A paralegal career allows you to enjoy the aspects of the legal system that you love (without the years of school to become an attorney) — especially if you’re drawn to the research and writing part of the job.