Enroll in our Paralegal Certification Education Prep program

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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13 Weeks

Program Length

$4,800 - $5,000

Program cost

What is a PAralegal and what do they do?

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.

Where does a paralegal work?

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.

"I am thankful to have attended Greensboro College’s Paralegal Program. I graduated in December of 2017 and I passed the certification exam in April of 2018. I have been a North Carolina Certified Paralegal ever since. This program not only offered me a wealth of knowledge in a variety of areas but also the opportunity to directly work with and support new and aspiring paralegals. Since Fall of 2020, I have had the added pleasure of working as a Paralegal Instructor."

Katie Riddle, NCCP, FLMI, ARA
Paralegal

Outcomes

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.  

Certificate and Licensing

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.

Program information

Schedule

Feb. 7, 2023 – June 15, 2023

Tuesday, Thursday 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and four Saturdays 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost and Inclusions

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.

Program Benefits

The skills you'll learn:

  • Acquire networking skills from experienced paralegals currently working in the field
  • Enjoy interactive classroom discussions and being part of a team environment
  • Learn from three experienced instructors whose combined Paralegal Certification Education teaching spans more than 30 years
  • Benefit from knowledgeable lawyers who currently work as Guilford County chief and assistant public defenders and a paralegal employed for a local corporation
 
Suzanne Suddarth, director of The Center for Innovation and Workforce Development at Greensboro College

If you have questions about our Paralegal program, please contact Suzanne Suddarth, MA., director of the Center for Innovation and Workforce Development at Greensboro College.

To register for this program, click here.

336-272-7102, ext. 5760

FAQ

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.