This is an official website of the North Carolina State Bar and its Board of Paralegal Certification.

Plan for Certification of Paralegals

The State Bar's interest in the paralegal profession promotes proper utilization of paralegals and assures that legal services are professionally and ethically offered to the public. The Plan for Certification of Paralegals approved by the NC State Bar and adopted by the NC Supreme Court in 2004 will assist in the development of paralegal standards, raise the profile of the paralegal profession, and standardize the expectations of the public and other legal professionals.

The State Bar has worked diligently with attorneys and paralegals across our state to establish a voluntary North Carolina certification program with requirements that are properly defined and that will ensure the credential has value. Through education and experience, the North Carolina certification plan will assist lawyers and administrators in distinguishing paralegals that meet or exceed the skills required for certification. As multi-skilled professionals, paralegals have a diverse knowledge base and must practice effective interpersonal communication skills to maintain collaborative relationships within the legal team. Paralegals, like attorneys, will continue to be held accountable to the highest of ethical and professional standards.

NCCP Exam Study Guide
Click here to view and download the NCCP Exam Study Guide available from the NC State Bar.

State Bar Journal
Click here to view online the latest edition of the State Bar Journal.

2015 Lawyer's Handbook
The 2015 Lawyer's Handbook is now available for downloading on the State Bar's website.

Guidelines for Use of Paralegals Approved
The board approved these guidelines on July 23, 2010 - click here to read.

Paralegals certified by the State Bar may use the following designations:

• North Carolina Certified Paralegal

• North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal

• Paralegal Certified by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification


Upcoming Exam Dates
April 09, 2016
(Application deadline January 15, 2016)

October 08, 2016
(Application deadline August 5, 2016)

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