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Get on the fast track to becoming a paralegal.

A woman with a computer talks to someone elseMarket demand for paralegals has grown significantly in recent years, and is expected to continue growing in the future. In fact, paralegal job opportunities are projected to grow by 15% through 2026 – well above 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.


Spring 2023 registration is currently closed.

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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 government.


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.


“The Paralegal Certification Program at UNC far exceeded my expectations. Steven McCloskey was hands-down the most passionate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and compassionate instructor I’ve ever had. The thoroughness and depth of Law we examined was exceptional. The assignments and hands-on experience will prove invaluable in my pursuit of a career in law.

–Stacy F., 2019 graduate

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