The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is proud to offer a Paralegal Certificate program like no other in the city of Charlotte. Our program is topical, intensive, and intellectually rigorous. We have designed our program to fit the needs of the Charlotte legal and business communities.
Expand Your Possibilities
Open yourself up to a variety of opportunities and increase your earning potential with a Paralegal Certificate from UNC Charlotte. Our goal is to equip our graduates with the skills, knowledge, and abilities they need to embark on their careers with professionalism and acumen.
All course materials will be provided electronically. Registered students will receive access instructions in their enrollment reminder emails prior to class.
Erica Romain had just moved back to Charlotte from New York and was looking for employment when she first learned about the UNC Charlotte Paralegal Certificate program. After researching the program, she enrolled and was on her way to a career in the legal field. “I chose the UNC Charlotte program because it was comprehensive and promised to prepare me to get my paralegal certification,” said Erica. “I also liked that the classes were offered in the evenings at a convenient location.”
After successfully completing the Paralegal program in 2009, Erica decided to continue her legal education at The UNC Chapel Hill School of Law. She earned her J.D. in May 2014 and passed the NC Bar soon after. Erica’s current career goal is to work in North Carolina as an Assistant District Attorney. Her long term goal is to work at the Department of Justice prosecuting people that exploit and abuse children.
Her advice to those considering the UNC Charlotte Paralegal program is poignant. “Research the program, sit in on one of the classes if possible, and just go for it,” said Erica. “The program is excellent and does a wonderful job of preparing students for a career as a paralegal and it is a great general introduction to the legal field.”
"I thoroughly enjoy working for the Federal Defender's office, and learned an enormous amount about federal criminal law over the past year.
I obtained my job by responding to an offer to come in to visit the office for a tour, and while I was there, I offered to listen to about 100 hours of audio tapes for a case that was coming up within the next two weeks. Following that offer, I agreed to work as an intern for several months to learn more about how to function as a paralegal, and then was offered permanent employment.
So, encouraging those taking classes now to be a little bit assertive and not assume there isn't a place for you in an organization. Sometimes, if you can get a toe in the door and perform well, jobs miraculously become available.”
Lisa Rockholt Paralegal with the Federal Defender's of Western North Carolina
"I absolutely love this job and the firm that I am working at. I couldn't have dreamed of a more perfect fit for me, when I moved to Tampa last year. This August 31, I will be with Bush Ross for one year! I am so glad that I was a part of the UNC Charlotte Paralegal Program!
I learned so many things that when I started my job (fresh out of the Program) I had a very small learning curve. I had excellent reviews from my bosses and received a pay raise percentage that is rarely given to Legal Assistants who have been with the Firm less than one year. I excel at my position and because of the Program's concentration portion; I was able to gain more responsibility by becoming the trademark legal assistant in addition to my bankruptcy responsibilities. The instructors of the Program taught viable information that I would have otherwise not known. I highly recommend this Paralegal Program and all that it has to offer!"
J. Erin Gros Bush Ross, P.A. (Tampa, Florida) Legal Assistant to the Chair of the Bankruptcy Department and Trademark Legal Assistant
To receive your record of attendance, full participation is expected. Participants must be present at the beginning of each course and be in attendance through the duration of each course in order to receive the record of attendance. Credit hours will only be adjusted under extenuating circumstances.
In order to receive the UNC Charlotte Paralegal Certificate, students must earn a grade of C or better in each topic area. Instructors will award grades on the basis of tests, homework, papers, and/or other assignments, and attendance policies. Students completing the Certificate requirements will be awarded a UNC Charlotte Paralegal Program Certificate. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the NC State Bar Paralegal Certification examination.