Online Program Overview
UNC-Chapel Hill’s Online Paralegal Certificate Program allows you to quickly complete your studies and enter the paralegal field with confidence and the credentials to succeed. Our online learning format allows you to attend classes while still maintaining your busy work or personal schedule during the week. You will have a chance to interact with your instructors and fellow students using a headset or phone.
Course materials and e-textbooks will be hosted in an online platform. The program is divided into six course topics along with two career preparation seminars for a total of over 120 hours of coursework. Each course topic focuses on aspects critical to your legal education which are supplemented with online audio and video components.
Students will attend 6 hours of online classes each week. Students can expect to spend a minimum of two hours outside of class for each hour in class for their reading and assignment completion each week.
Click the link for the Program Schedule October 10 – March 22, 2018.
Beginning October 10, online classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Students will not be permitted to enter the program after October 17.
Online Program Courses
The Introduction to Law course module provides an overview of the environment in which a paralegal works by introducing legal writing, the operation of the court system, the role of government in the legal system, and basics of attorney/paralegal ethics.
The Tort Law & Personal Injury course module provides a thorough overview of the causes of actions and remedies available to a person who is injured as the result of a certain type of civil wrong that is known as a tort. During the course, students will learn and apply different standards of care identified in negligence actions and analyze and apply the different types of damages available in tort law.
The Civil Litigation course module prepares students to work in the context of civil litigation. Note that North Carolina’s legal system is similar to many other states and this knowledge is applicable outside of the state. During the course, students will learn both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures (applicable in all federal courts) and the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure.
The Legal Research & Writing course module provides the foundation for finding legal authority, conducting legal analysis, and writing basic legal memorandum. During the course, students will conduct legal research through the Lexis Nexis online database, identify and distinguish between primary and secondary authority, and author a legal memorandum.
The Family Law course module is an overview of basic principles of family law. During the course, students will be introduced to terms and procedures associated with a general domestic practice including such topics as divorce, support, child custody, and property division.
The Contract Law course module will provide an introduction to the broad area of contract law, the basics of contract law, and the elements necessary to create a valid contract. During the course, students will learn the requirements of an enforceable contract, contract performance, and remedies available upon breach of contract.
The two Career Preparation seminars provide students with the tools and resources to refine their resume, prepare for an interview, and understand the types of areas of law in which a paralegal can work.