Paralegal Education

aba_img.gif Indicates American Bar Association-approved program.  

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

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

aafpe2.GIFIndicates membership in American Association for Paralegal Education.

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


Paralegal Education Programs In Indiana

Ball State University

Legal Studies Program
Department of Political Science
N.Q. 240
Muncie, IN 47306-0515
Telephone: 765.285.8800
Contact: Brad Gideon
Degrees Offered: Associate, Baccalaureate Degrees

Vincennes University

Paralegal Program
Homeland Security Building Room 207
1002 North 1st Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
Telephone: (812) 888-5764
Fax: (812) 888-4586
Degrees Offered: Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies
Contact: Vanessa A. Purdom, JD

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Guerin Hall
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876
Phone: 812.535.5235
Contact: Kathryn L. Myers, Coordinator, Paralegal Studies

Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Avenue
Whiting, IN 46394
TOLL FREE: (877) 700-9100
(219) 473-7770(Indiana)
FAX: (219) 473-4259
Contact: James Adduci, J.D. Acting Program Director

Ivy Tech

(In the process of obtaining ABA approval)
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Contact: Susan Altman (317) 921-4443
Campuses Offering the Paralegal Studies program:
Valparaiso, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Muncie, Indianapolis, Bloomington


Erin M. Engels, J.D.
Director of Paralegal Studies
Paralegal and Pre-Law Academic Advisor
Department of Political Science
IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
425 University Boulevard
Cavanaugh Hall 504A
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317.278.0442 (phone)
317.278.3280 (fax)

University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Ave.
Evansville, IN 47722
(812) 488-2389
Website -
Telephone - 812-488-2687
Fax - 812-488-2282
Contact: Director of Paralegal Program: Dr. Deborah Howard

Indiana University, Bloomington
School of Public and Environmental Affairs – Indiana University
1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-2840– 800-765-7755

Marian University

3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Contact: Lesley Neff, M.A.
Director of Educational Services, Marian's Adult Programs (MAP) Instructorof English, literature and writing Marian University
Fax: (317)955-6271

Additional Resources on Paralegal Education:

American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE): National Association of Paralegals (NALA): ABA: Standing Committees on Paralegals: Directory of ABA Approved Paralegal Programs:

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.

Contact Information

IPA's Education Director at

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