Wilkes Community College is pleased to announce the addition of a Paralegal Studies Certificate program through Workforce Development and Community Education.

The Paralegal Studies program prepares students who already possess an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree for a career as a paralegal. The paralegal curriculum is divided into paralegal skills courses and law coursework. Core courses include legal research & writing, criminal law and procedure, civil litigation and injuries, real property, wills/estates, family and commercial law, and ethics. Courses are taught by experienced, practicing attorneys. Those completing the course successfully will be able to sit for the N.C. Bar Association Paralegal Certification.

Courses will be held two evenings a week beginning September 8, 2020 and will run through February 2, 2021. The first week of classes will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with the remainder of the sessions being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students must complete 152 hours of online instruction by a practicing attorney and an additional 120 hours of independent study, which includes completing online assignments. There is a holiday break from December 18, 2020, through January 4, 2021. For more information on this unique program, contact Jeff Shore at 336-838-6206 or wjshore321@wilkescc.edu.