North Carolina Paralegal Certification

In September 2007, The North Carolina State Bar designated Guilford College as a qualified Paralegal Studies Program. Guilford College is also a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). All of our Paralegal Certificate Program instructors are experienced, practicing attorneys.

If you are interested in joining the field of legal assistance, the Paralegal Certificate Program can prepare you for career advancement opportunities and provide you with the chance to network and apply your knowledge to the workplace. Upon successful completion of the Guilford College Paralegal Certificate Program, you will be eligible to sit for the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification examination.

Upcoming Paralegal Certification Education Information Session

Monday, April 24 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.  
Register here to attend the information session.

Schedule of Classes

Spring 2017 schedule:  February 2 - June 15, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. One to two Saturdays per month, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Fall 2017 schedule:  August 1 - December 7, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. One to two Saturdays per month, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

Program Curriculum

The Paralegal Certificate Program consists of 190 in-class hours and at least 300 hours overall delivered over a period of 19 weeks. Classes are held two nights per week and six selected Saturdays. Weeknight classes are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students are required to perform more than 100 hours of additional study, as well as research and writing assignments, outside of class.

Half of the curriculum consists of Paralegal Skills, and focuses on the basic knowledge and duties of the paralegal, including civil procedure and ethics. The other half of the course centers on substantive law with the five core courses and four survey courses.

Paralegal Courses

Contracts - Covers the fundamentals of contracts, including mutual assent (offer and acceptance), consideration and consideration substitutes, damages, and defenses to contract formation.

Criminal Law - Covers the fundamentals of crimes, probable cause, arrest, search criminal law and procedure, including the elements and seizure, indictment, discovery and trial practice.

Real Estate - Covers the various forms of ownership of real property (types of estates), easements, eminent domain and condemnation, trespass to property, landlord-tenant law, and the basics of title searching and closings.

Torts - Covers the variety of intentional torts including assault, battery, false imprisonment, trespass, conversion, and invasion of privacy.

Family Law - Covers marriage, separation, PSS, alimony, equitable distribution, child custody and child support.

The survey courses include Bankruptcy, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Wills, Trusts & Estates.

Program Requirements

Applicants to the North Carolina Paralegal Certification Program at Guilford College must hold either an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. Students must be proficient in basic internet skills, word processing skills, have access to a computer, and be fluent in the English language.


One-time payment in full (includes materials) = $4,745

Installment plan option (includes materials) = $4,995
First payment and materials = $1,995
Second payment = $1,500
Third payment = $1,500

How to Register

Complete the Paralegal Certificate Registration Form. Once we process your registration form, we will then mail you a confirmation letter which will include an invoice, class details and a campus map. Please make checks payable to Guilford College.

Mail your payment and any related documentation to:

Paralegal Certificate Program Registration
Professional Development and Training Center
5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410

If paying by credit card, please inform our office at 336.316.2169. Once we process your registration, we will email you a student ID number, PIN and the online payment process. Please note, a courtesy fee of 2.75% will be added to your amount due.

Paralegal Instructor John F. Nieman, Jr.

John F. Nieman, Jr. began his legal career as a solo practitioner in Chapel Hill. In 1995 he became an assistant district attorney in Greensboro, during which time he was on the faculty of the Conference of District Attorneys where he co-wrote the Evidence curriculum still in use. He was later hired by the firm of Donaldson and Black to head their Criminal Law department. In 2007, he joined the Guilford County Public Defender’s Office where he is now head of the High Point office.

John has taught paralegal studies since 1997 at GTCC, Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Guilford College. Among the courses he has taught are Contracts, Torts, Real Property, Criminal Law, Family Law and Paralegal Skills.

John’s wife, Martha is a family law attorney in Greensboro. His son is an Assistant District Attorney in Hillsborough and his sister is a Deputy Attorney General in Austin, Texas.

Paralegal Instructor John T. Davis

John T. Davis is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he studied Criminal Justice and later received his Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America. He began the practice of law as a solo practitioner in Forsyth County. He became an Assistant Public Defender in 2005 and has been in juvenile court, district court, drug treatment court, mental health court, special proceedings court and is now assigned to try high level felony cases in Superior Court.

John has taught for several years both at Guilford College and GTCC. He has taught Contracts, Trusts and Estates, Administrative Law and Advanced Research and Writing.