Apr 16, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog Volume XXX Ver 2 
    
2020-2021 Catalog Volume XXX Ver 2 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal, Certificate


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The Certificate in Paralegal program is designed to give individuals a convenient and cost-effective route to begin a new career as a paralegal. The program is appropriate for students who previously earned an associate or baccalaureate degree. Students will develop skills for organizing and managing case files, conducting legal research and drafting legal documents under the supervision of an attorney. The challenging curriculum combines legal theory and application in order to prepare student to perform the many functions of a paralegal in a law office, with the exception that they cannot give legal advice, appearing court, accept cases, or set fees. One of the strengths of the program is that the legal faculty consists of experienced attorneys who bring a practical and relevant perspective into the classroom.

The Certificate in Paralegal program is an ABA approved paralegal assistant education program and a North Carolina Bar Qualified Paralegal program. After successful completion of a voluntary state application and state examination, eligible graduates may apply to the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification.Board for designation as a North Carolina Certified Paralegal (NCCP).

Students completing this program will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental theoretical legal concepts necessary for an entry-level paralegal under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.
  2. Develop legal research, writing, and drafting skills necessary for an entry-level paralegal position under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate professional and ethical responsibilities as set forth in North Carolina guidelines, laws, and directives.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Certificate in Paralegal program must show evidence of satisfactory completion of a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts or science degree from an accredited postsecondary institution. If any other degree was received, an evaluation of general education credits earned will be completed to ensure requirements have been met.

The Certificate in Paralegal program is currently offered at the Asheville campus (Onground).

CERT Paralegal Curriculum: 33 Credits


Legal Specialty Credits Required: 25 Credits


Legal Specialty Elective Courses: 8 Credits


Students are required to take two (2) Legal Specialty electives. These courses are the approved elective courses. All Asheville Certificate Paralegal courses are designated Legal Specialty courses in Asheville.

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