Why Choose The Paralegal Certificate Program At Charlotte School Of Law?

Charlotte School of Law, located in Charlotte, NC, the largest city in the Carolinas, is pleased to offer a Paralegal Certificate Program as part of its ongoing commitment to our students and community. Designated as a Qualified Paralegal Studies Program by the North Carolina State Bar in 2012, the Charlotte School of Law’s Paralegal Certificate Program offers the skills and knowledge you need to become a practicing paralegal.

Charlotte School of Law’s Office of Professional Education (OPE) received word on August 24, 2015 from the North Carolina State Bar that their Paralegal Certificate program has been approved to be offered in ‘real-time’.  CharlotteLaw becomes one of only two Paralegal programs that offer this modality in the state of North Carolina.

Offering Paralegal courses in ‘real-time’ means that students have the option of participating online with students on-site.  Online students can also interact with the on-site students, participate and receive benefits of the on-site program.  This innovative expansion is part of CharlotteLaw’s mission to become the benchmark for legal education in the 21st Century.

Training and experience as a paralegal can be a valuable first step for individuals interested in eventually pursuing a law degree or in other careers where a legal education is beneficial.
 
A row of Paralegal Certificates.  


Program Highlights

 
  • Complete your program in six months or less
  • Option of enrolling in a traditional or online (live) classroom
  • Legal Research and Writing resource tools and assistance
  • Internship opportunity in the legal community or the business law clinic
  • Resume workshop
  • Career counseling and assistance
  • Learning in a legal education environment provides exposure and networking opportunities with law school students, legal faculty, professional staff, and among other resources and connections
  • Paralegal Alumni Network: Online and in-person networking opportunities, job postings, discussion board, etc.
 
 

Upcoming Sessions

 
  • Spring 2017 - Apply today!
    January 12 – June 9, 2017
    Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm with some exceptions
    To view the academic schedule click here
  • Fall 2016 Program - currently in session

Register for an Information Session to learn more.
 
 

Become A North Carolina Certified Paralegal (NCCP)


At Charlotte School of Law, we desire the successful outcomes of all students who want to make a difference in their lives. The North Carolina State Bar has created a voluntary certification program, in which the regulation requires an examination.  Many law firms highly recommend their new paralegals to be certified.  If you are  interested in becoming a North Carolina Certified Paralegal, please visit the North Carolina State Bar's Paralegal Division at http://www.nccertifiedparalegal.gov

 

Paralegal Studies Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

What is a Paralegal?


Per the American Bar Association (ABA) “the current definition reads as follows:  A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”

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Can Paralegals Practice Law?


No. Paralegals CANNOT practice law, CANNOT give legal advice, CANNOT establish an attorney-client relationship, and CANNOT establish the amount of a fee to be charged for legal service, but will aid attorneys under their supervision.

Paralegal typically do the following (not limited to):
 
  • Draft correspondence and legal documents
  • Conduct research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal articles
  • Organize and maintain documents in a paper or electronic filing systems
  • Help lawyers during trials by handling exhibits, taking notes, or reviewing trial transcripts
  • Contact clients, witnesses, lawyers, and outside vendors to schedule interviews, meetings, and depositions
  • Gather and arrange evidence and other legal documents for attorney review and case preparation
 

Who is CSL's Paralegal Program Designed For?


If you have an appreciation for the law, are passionate about working with people and enjoy the satisfaction of making a real difference, a paralegal career is the perfect choice for you. Paralegals serve as a pivotal link between a firm/legal department and its clients, the office of opposing counsel, and the court system or other departments outside the organization.

Charlotte School of Law’s program is designed for a diverse population of individuals seeking to become a legal professional, which include but not limited to:
 
  • New college graduates
  • Promotion or career advancement
  • Second career opportunity
  • To learn the law for personal or professional reasons
  • Re-enter the workforce
  • For advocacy reasons
  • Plus many many more
 

When Can I Start CSL's Paralegal Program?


The program is usually offered in the Fall and Spring.  Fall semester usually begins during the end of July and the Spring semester begins in January (start date subject to change to adjust for holidays and special dates).
 

What Are the Admissions Requirements?


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What Is the Tuition?


The tuition can be located here
 

Is There Any Financial Assistance?


The tuition can be located here
 

Technology Requirements


Everyone must have access to a computer or laptop
 
  • High-speed Internet (strongly preferred due to research and streaming media needs)
  • Microsoft Office

For Online (Live) Classroom Students
 
  • Speakers or headset
  • Microphone
  • Webcam (minimum resolution at 640×480 standard definition) [may be used for exam proctoring purposes, attendance verification, presentations and projects, etc.]
 

During the course of the program, requirements (either hardware or software) may change from the original technology recommendation. Make sure to consult the software/hardware requirements within the program or with the faculty member or program director for any technology recommendations that may have changed since the original recommendation mentioned above or within the program of study.

The information and academic technology teams will assist all requests that fall under their service guidelines.
 

Mac Requirements:
 
  • CPU = 2GHz processor
  • RAM = minimum 2 GB
  • Hard Drive = 1 GB or higher free disk space
  • Operating System = OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), OS X 10.7 (Lion), OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks) and 10.10 (Yosemite). Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported.
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported
  • SofTest may not be used in virtual operating systems

Windows Requirements:
 
  • CPU = 2GHz Intel® Core™/Celeron™ or equivalent x86 processor
  • RAM = at least the minimum recommended for the operating system or 2GB
  • Hard Drive = at least the minimum recommended for the operating system or 1 GB of free space; minimum 40GB hard drive.
  • Operating System = English 64-bit systems Versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 XP IS NOT SUPPORTED!!!
  • Internet Browser = Internet Explorer 8 or later, Chrome, or Firefox

Surface Pro Requirements:
 
  • Surface Pro 1 & 2 only. Surface RT tablets are not supported.
  • External Keyboard (USB or Bluetooth) required. Bluetooth keyboards must be paired prior to launching exam.
  • Hard Drive: Minimum of 10GB available memory.
  • Adobe Reader XI is required for exams containing PDF attachments.
  • Screen Resolution must be 1920×1080.
 

Graduation Information


Upon successful completion of all course work, adherence to the grade and attendance policy, no financial or student conduct holds for the Program, the student is awarded a Certificate of Completion in Paralegal Studies from the Office of Professional Education at Charlotte School of Law.

Additionally, the student and their guests (limited) will be invited to participate in a graduation ceremony, usually set as a mid-day event, the Friday following the week of the last class (unless otherwise noted).

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Can I Take the Program Online?


Yes. You have the option to select if you would like to be an on-site or an online student. You can only be enrolled in one option. This option CANNOT be changed after the program begins / orientation day.
 
  • Face-to-Face (Traditional On-site Classroom)
  • Live Simultaneous Broadcast (Online Classroom)

The program benefits are given to both sets of students with minor differences. For example…
 
  • The online students have additional technology requirements (review technology requirements)
  • For exams proctored during class there may be an extra fee to administer through ProctorU (https://proctoru.com/portal/charlottelaw)
  • The online students will not receive a student building access badge, BUT if you interested in doing work or research in the library you will be granted access through a different access protocol
  • Both sets of students are required to meet the exact same course and graduation requirements
  • Both sets of students are able to attend graduation.
  • Both sets of students are able to participate in electives and co-curricular activities (unless technology presents a barrier off-campus)
  • Both sets of students are eligible to sit for the North Carolina Certified Paralegal (NCCP) Exam as long as they meet the requirements set by the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Division.
 

Can I Participate in the Internship Program?


Yes. All students on-site and online are eligible to participate in the internship elective.

You will have to submit an internship application and the meeting requirements in order to participate.
 

What if I Do Not Complete All Assignments and/or Fail a Course?


Please refer to the requirements for graduation. Failure to abide by this policy could negatively impact your ability to complete the course and graduate from the program.

You are expected to meet the attendance and grading requirements, complete all assignments, pass all exams and all courses with the minimum set grade or better. If you fail an exam, you may not repeat it. If you fail a course, you will have to take the course over again.

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Can I Retake a Course?


Yes. If you do not pass a course or if you choose to retake a course, you may do so during that scheduled time period. The course rate will be at the per credit hour rate. Contact the Office of Professional Education or Finance Services for additional information.
 

Can I Take an Enhancement Course or an Elective Course?


Yes. As these courses are separate from the packaged paralegal program, the course fee and schedule may differ. Contact the Office of Professional Education or Finance Services for additional information.
 

What is the Average Salary for a Paralegal?


Please note that salary wages will vary depending on a number variables like education, experience, training, geographic location, employer (type and size).

Per the United States Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics “The median annual wage for paralegals and legal assistants was $48,350 in May 2014”.

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm
 

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