What is an ABA approved paralegal program?
The American Bar Association has a program of approving legal assistant training programs, which meet their guidelines. Seeking ABA approval is voluntary on the part of the institution. Some quality programs have chosen not to seek approval. However, the ABA guidelines are useful in evaluating a program. For further information about the ABA guidelines, contact the American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Legal Assistants (SCOLA), 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611 or visit SCOLA’s website at http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/legalassistants/home.html
The website of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) also provides helpful information, including a roster of member institutions and a Statement of Academic Quality adopted by the AAfPE membership in October of 1997. AAfPE website is at http://www.aafpe.org/
The American Association for Paralegal Education, established in 1981, is an organization that represents paralegal education programs and has approximately 350 institutional members. Its primary mission is to promote high standards in paralegal education. In its Statement of Academic Quality, AAfPE acknowledges that the education of a paralegal requires a unique curriculum that covers both substantive legal knowledge and practical skills. This intellectually demanding course of study should be designed to provide instruction in the competencies that paralegals need as professionals. AAfPE recognizes seven essential components of a quality paralegal education program: curriculum development, facilities, faculty, marketing and promotion, paralegal instruction, student services and related competencies. For more information go to their website at www.aafpe.org.
Paralegal Education Programs In Indiana
Ball State University
Legal Studies Program
Department of Political Science
Muncie, IN 47306-0515
Contact: Brad Gideon
Degrees Offered: Associate, Baccalaureate Degrees
(In the process of obtaining ABA approval)
University of Evansville
3200 Cold Spring Road
This page is provided only as a resource. The Indiana Paralegal Association does not endorse any one paralegal program. Selecting a program is a personal choice.