Approval Process Materials

Important Notice


Please see the August 20, 2014 Notice from the Standing Committee on Paralegals.


Approval Process Materials

All of the forms provided are designed to be downloaded, completed and printed using standard word processing programs. Feel free to expand or contract space for answers as appropriate. Please contact the Approval Process Manager (312-988-5617) with any questions concerning the Approval/Reapproval forms or Substantive Change and Reporting Forms, or the Report Review Coordinator (312-988-5757) with any questions concerning the interim report forms.


Applications for Approval or Reapproval


Please Note:
The Standing Committee is developing an electronic reporting system.  During the transition period, programs will continue to submit hard copy materials.  The forms are posted below.  If you have any questions concerning the materials, please email us.

We will notify all programs when the system is final and ready for use. We are testing the product internally and will include volunteer testers in the near future.

Thank you for your patience during this transition.

  1. Application for Initial Approval (Effective September 1, 2013)
    doc | pdf
  2. Application for Reapproval
    doc | pdf
  3. Exhibits for Approval and Reapproval Applications (Effective September 1, 2013)
    The exhibits posted below are to be used with the Applications for Initial Approval and Reapproval.

    Please note: Below is a listing of individual exhibits for your convenience.
    Alternatively, you may download a compilation of the exhibits in pdf format.

Approval Process Procedures, Reporting Instructions and General Information

Exhibit I.1

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Exhibit III.6

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Exhibit I.2

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Exhibit III.7

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Exhibit II.2

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Exhibit III.8

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Exhibit II.4

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Exhibit III.9

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Exhibit II.5

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Exhibit IV.2

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Exhibit III.2

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Exhibit IV.4

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Exhibit III.3

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Exhibit V.2

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Exhibit III.4

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Exhibit VI.2

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Exhibit III.5

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Exhibit VI.3

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Interim Report Forms

Until the transition to the web-based reporting process is complete, programs should use the forms below to submit Interim Reports.

 

  1. Interim Report Form (Effective September 2013) doc | pdf

  2. Standardized Exhibit Forms (Effective September 2013)
    Please note: Below is a listing of individual exhibits for your convenience.
    Alternatively, you may download a compilation of the exhibits in pdf format.
Exhibit I.Bdoc
pdf
Exhibit III.Edoc
pdf
Exhibit I.Cdoc
pdf
Exhibit III.Fdoc
pdf
Exhibit II.Adoc
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Exhibit III.Gdoc
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Exhibit II.Cdoc
pdf
Exhibit III.Hdoc
pdf
Exhibit II.Ddoc
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Exhibit III.Idoc
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Exhibit III.Bdoc
pdf
Exhibit IV.Bdoc
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Exhibit III.Cdoc
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Exhibit IV.Ddoc
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Exhibit III.Ddoc
pdf
Exhibit V.Bdoc
pdf

Substantive Change and Reporting Forms

ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs are required to report major changes in their programs or operations as set out in G-104.M of the ABA Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs (Guidelines).  Effective September 1, 2013 a fee is imposed on programs submitting certain changes pursuant to G-104.M.1 of the ABA Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs.  The fee is due at the time the Substantive/Major Change Report Form is submitted.  Forms requiring fees are identified  with "**" below. Please see the Statement of Fees for specific fee.

Until the transition to the web-based reporting process is complete, programs should send one copy of the required Reporting Form, attachments, if any, and fee to the American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Paralegals, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.  After the review, there may be follow-up questions or additional materials which are necessary about the specifics of the change.

  1. Substantive Change Reporting Form -- Accrediting Agency and/or Accreditation Status
  2. Revised Substantive Change Reporting Form -- New Program Option**
  3. Substantive Change Reporting Form -- Additional/New Location**
  4. Substantive Change Reporting Form -- Ownership and/or Financial Support**
  5. Substantive Change Reporting Form Alternative Delivery Course Approval:
                a.   Online Delivery Format
                b.   Hybrid/Blended Delivery Format
                c.    Accelerated Delivery Format
                d.   Compressed Delivery Format
  6. Alternative Delivery Certification
  7. Revised Alternative Delivery Procedures
  8. Reporting Form -- New Program Director**
  9. Substantive Change Reporting Form -- Cessation of Program Option**
  10. Revised Substantive Change Reporting Form -- Substantial Curriculum Change**
  11. Substantive Change Reporting Form -- Organizational Changes Involving the Paralegal Program
  12. Substantive Change Reporting Form -- Programs Ceasing Operation or Requesting Voluntary Withdrawal of ABA Approval**

** Forms require a fee.

If you have any questions regarding the materials, please email us.

Updated: 08/20/2014

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