Get on the fast track to becoming a paralegal. Market demand for paralegals has grown significantly in the last thirty years, and is expected to continue growing in the future. While demand is rising, so is competition for the best jobs in the field. Through UNC-Chapel Hill’s Paralegal Certificate Program, you’ll be competitively positioned to step into the fast-growing paralegal job market with a certificate from one of the nation’s top public universities.

Paralegals are not only employed at a law office anymore. Almost every industry requires legal assistance: hospitals, real estate firms, government, corporations, and more! We are committed to helping ambitious individuals learn more about the growing North Carolina legal community and leave our program with the skills and credentials necessary for success.


Start a New Career or Advance Your Current One

Portrait of smiling working girl in meetingUNC-Chapel Hill’s Paralegal Certificate Program is distinguished by a focus on comprehensive legal specific skills such as investigating fact patterns, conducting law-related research, and preparing cases for courtroom litigation. This is a great program for someone looking to change careers or looking to advance a legal career. The educational training you receive in the paralegal certificate program can be used in a law office or in many other fields such as real estate, social services, and government.

Convenient and Flexible Learning: Online or in the Classroom

Our non-credit paralegal certificate program is designed with the adult learner in mind. You have two options for enrollment: a classroom course conducted on evenings and weekends at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education or an online course conducted through online class meetings.


To ensure that our graduates are prepared for the challenging education in this program, we require either a 2-year associate degree or a 4-year undergraduate degree.

Who Should Attend the Paralegal Certificate Program?

  • Legal assistants and staff wishing to enhance or advance their careers by earning a professional credential
  • Career changers seeking a professional career with strong compensation
  • Students considering law school who would like to get a head start within the industry

Unsure which paralegal certificate program format is right for you?

Download our brochure to view the two formats available at UNC Chapel Hill.

North Carolina State Bar

The North Carolina State Bar has designated UNC-Chapel Hill as a qualified paralegal studies program for the classroom program. UNC-Chapel Hill is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). Upon completion of the classroom program, you will be prepared for the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification Exam. The UNC Paralegal Program is consistently among the highest-ranked programs in the NC State Bar’s report of Certification Exam passage rates. For more information, see North Carolina Paralegal Certification and the North Carolina Paralegal Association website. The online program does not qualify students to take the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification Exam.

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