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Get on the fast track to becoming a paralegal.

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Market demand for paralegals has grown significantly in recent years and is expected to continue growing in the future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal job opportunities are projected to grow by 4% through 2032 – about as fast as the national average for all occupations. But while demand is rising, so is competition for the best jobs in the field.

With 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.


In-depth Legal Training

UNC-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
  • preparing cases for courtroom litigation

Designed for someone looking to change careers or advance a legal career, the education you receive in our paralegal certificate program can be used in a law office or in related fields such as real estate, social services, and governmental agencies.


North Carolina State Bar

The North Carolina State Bar has designated UNC-Chapel Hill as a qualified paralegal studies program. UNC-Chapel Hill is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). Upon completion of the program, participants are eligible to take the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification Exam.

The UNC Paralegal Program is consistently among the highest-ranked programs in the North Carolina State Bar’s report of Certification Exam passage rates.

For more information, see North Carolina Paralegal Certification and the North Carolina Paralegal Association website.


I highly recommend this program to anyone looking at furthering their career, wanting to increase their personal knowledge of the legal field, or entertaining ideas of going to law school. The curriculum was well developed and had a balance of depth in material and practical application. The pacing, readings and assignments were manageable even with two young children. The instructors made the online format engaging. I felt very prepared for changing careers and ready to take the NC Certification Exam.”

–Lauren J., 2022 graduate

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