NC State Bar Paralegal Certification

The NC State Bar deems graduation from an ABA approved program to be satisfaction of the educational requirements to become a North Carolina Certified Paralegal. If a paralegal program is not ABA approved, students must be sure that it is otherwise qualified by successfully applying to the Board of Paralegal Certification.

Which is to say that the NC State Bar recognizes the quality and value of ABA approved programs without requiring any further proof.
The following comes from the NC State Bar's website:
Q: How do I know if the paralegal studies program I attended or in which I am about to enroll is a qualified paralegal studies program under the Plan for Certification of Paralegals?

All ABA approved programs are qualified paralegal studies programs. If your program is not ABA approved, the program may be “qualified” by applying to the Board of Paralegal Certification. The application for qualification can be found in the documents section of this website. If the administration of your program cannot apply for qualification, you may complete and submit the application for the program.

You can review the ABA requirements and approved programs at:
Information on how to choose a paralegal education program can be found on the website of the American Association for Paralegal Education,

Learn more about becoming a North Carolina Certified Paralegal at the NC State Bar's website:

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.