North Carolina Paralegal Certification

In September 2007, the N.C. 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 will 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 N.C. State Bar Paralegal Certification examination.

Requirements: Applicants to the N.C. 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.

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 a week and on six selected Saturdays. Weeknight classes are held from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday classes are 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.
  • Survey courses: Bankruptcy, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Wills, Trusts and Estates