Paralegal Certification Program
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.
Download our Paralegal Brochure.
Paralegal Information Session
Spring classes for the Paralegal Certificate Education Program are Tuesdays & Thursdays, Feb. 4 – June 12, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., one to two Saturdays per month, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.. To reserve a seat for the upcoming Paralegal Information Session on November 18 at 5:30 p.m., please call (336) 316-2169.
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.
The five core courses are:
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.
Schedule of Classes
Fall classes for the Paralegal Certificate Education Program are Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 1 – December 12, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., one to two Saturdays per month, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
One-on-One or Group Informational Meetings
To meet with the Paralegal Certification Education Program staff, please call (336) 316-2169.
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.
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.
Applicants to the Paralegal Certificate Program 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.
|Tuition (includes materials)||$4,995|
|Pay in Full Tuition (includes materials)||$4,745|
How to Register
Print and complete the Paralegal Certificate Registration Form, including the section regarding payment. Please make checks payable to Guilford College. If applicable, provide verification of loan approval or letter of tuition guarantee.
Mail the registration forms, payment, and related documentation to:
Paralegal Certificate Program Registration
Professional Development and Training Center
5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410
If paying by credit card, you can also print and complete the registration forms named above, making sure to include major credit card information where indicated, and fax to (336) 316-2935.