North Carolina Paralegal Requirements & Resources
Becoming a Paralegal in North Carolina
The North Carolina State Bar conducts an examination for paralegals seeking to become certified. Those who pass the examination will be designated as a North Carolina Certified Paralegal (NCCP). However, paralegals are not required to get certified and there are no minimum requirements with respect to education or training.
Professional Paralegal Associations
Asheville Area Paralegal Association
Asheville Area Paralegal Association (AAPA) was formed in 2004. AAPA’s mission is to promote professional and personal development; create a network of paralegals/legal assistants in Asheville and surrounding areas; facilitate the sharing and dissemination of information; provide a forum to meet and exchange ideas; and provide professional legal educational opportunities to its members. AAPA also supports the advancement of the profession by awarding scholarships each year to qualified students who plan to enroll, or are currently enrolled, in an accredited paralegal studies program. Applications for the scholarship are available for download on the association website.
Guilford Paralegal Association
Originally founded as Greensboro Paralegal Association, Guilford Paralegal Association expanded in 2005 to include all of GuilfordCounty’s paralegals and legal support staff. GPA’s mission is to encourage high ethical and professional attainment; to stimulate fellowship and business cooperation among our members; to address the professional and continuing legal education needs of our members; and to promote the paralegal profession in our community.
North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division
From this site, you can access information on upcoming CLE programs, join the NCBA PD, find links to websites, and obtain current information on the Division’s activities. There is also a special section for PD members to access member information. Our goal is for the PDD website to be a useful tool for legal assistants in performing daily tasks and research.
North Carolina Paralegal Association (NCPA)
The NCPA was formed in 1980 to fill the need for a statewide organization to provide its legal assistant/paralegal membership with a continued flow of current national information. NCPA is a self-governing organization run by paralegals for paralegals.
Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association (RWPA)
The Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association was formed in October 1979 by a group of professional paralegals with the primary goal of enhancing professionalism and fraternity among paralegals in the Wake County area of North Carolina.