Behind every great attorney, is a rockstar paralegal.

The Paralegal Technology curriculum prepares individuals to perform routine legal tasks and assist with substantive legal work under the supervision of attorneys. Although paralegals may not practice law, give legal advice, or represent clients in a court of law, they provide important legal research, writing, and office management skills to their employers. Carteret Community College offers one of only seven Paralegal Technology programs in North Carolina approved by the American Bar Association.  The program is also qualified by the North Carolina State Bar.

Course work in Paralegal Technology provides students substantive and procedural legal knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts, and commercial law. Core legal classes are offered in synchronous online format, allowing face-to-face instruction and student interaction from any location. Additional required courses include English, mathematics, and computer.

Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records search, drafting and filing legal documents, research, and office management. Employment opportunities are available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies, and other business organizations.

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Degree Completion Plan

View classes required to complete an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Technology.

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Diploma Completion Plan

View classes required to complete a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Paralegal Technology.  The diploma program prepares students who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree for a career as a paralegal.  In order to enroll in the Paralegal diploma program a student must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution of higher education approved by the U. S. Department of Education or accredited by a regional accrediting agency.  An official transcript evidencing the award of such a degree must be submitted to the college.

Upon successful completion of the AAS or the Diploma program, graduates may sit for the North Carolina Certified Paralegal Examination administered by the North Carolina State Bar.


The Paralegal Technology program at Carteret Community College is accredited by the American Bar Association.

Paralegal Technology Approved by the American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone: (312) 988-5000
Website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/paralegals/

Qualified Paralegal Education program through the North Carolina State Bar
208 Fayetteville Street-PO Box 25908, Raleigh, NC 27611-5908
Telephone: (919) 828-4620
Website: http://www.nccertifiedparalegal.gov

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