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Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service

Program of Assistance & Review (PAR)

Program of Assistance and Review:
A Public Service

About PAR

Your lawyer referral program is one of more than 300 in this country which serve millions of persons each year. These programs inform the public about the law and the legal system, and provide access to needed legal services. The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service offers the Program of Assistance and Review (PAR) to assist state and local lawyer referral programs by observing their current operations and suggesting ways to make them more effective.

PAR is designed to help lawyer referral programs improve management and operations by providing on-site visits and advice from a team of experts; Offer support through telephone and consultations follow up on-site visits; and Provide information about innovative procedures and services which have been used successfully around the country.

Expert Help

PAR consultants who provide assistance through site visits and consultations are experienced in lawyer referral programs throughout the county. They are well-versed in the many issues facing lawyer referral programs, large and small, and are ready to apply that knowledge and expertise to the individual circumstances of your unique program.


The American Bar Association supports the growth of lawyer referral programs as a method of providing information on the legal system and helping the public locate legal services tailored to individual needs. Program site visits are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Step Forward

PAR can help your Lawyer Referral Program better serve the public, and the profession.

To obtain further information, or request a site visit or other assistance please complete this PAR Questionnaire.


"The Committee members and I were very impressed with the expertise and professionalism of the consultant. In a very short time they were able to 'zero in' on our problems and make suggestions on how to address these concerns. We appreciated their candor as they complemented us on what we were doing well and gave us insight, based on their broad background of expertise, on how to improve what we were doing and how to implement new suggestions and ideas. We are very grateful that the ABA has provided us with this service."

- Northampton County Bar Association


Program of Assistance and Review (PAR) Initial Questionnaire:
PAR Questionnaire

Contact Us

Program of Assistance and Review
c/o The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral & Information Service
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654-7598

Phone: 312-988-5294