Standing Committee on Paralegals

Our mission is to improve the American system of justice by establishing ABA standards for the education of paralegals and by promoting attorneys' professional, effective and ethical utilization of paralegals.

A Message to ABA Approved Paralegal Programs from the Standing Committee on Paralegals and Approval Commission

The ABA Standing Committee and Approval Commission understand that with the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) many educational institutions are implementing contingency plans that may impact normal paralegal program operations. While the Standing Committee promotes compliance with the Guidelines along with the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, it is understood that certain circumstances may cause disruption to the extent where closures and schedule changes occur. In light of emergencies or disasters, we ask that any variances from normal operations that disrupt compliance with the Guidelines be documented and included as part of the next reporting period for the program. Any programs with specific questions or seeking guidance on accommodations, please contact ABA staff.

ABA Approved Programs

Search the ABA Approved Paralegal Education Program Directory to find information on more than 260 ABA Approved Paralegal Programs.

2020 Edition: The Practical Guide to the ABA Approval Process

The Guide has been revised to reflect the 2018 changes to the Guidelines, the recent amendments to the Guidelines and updates to the Electronic Reporting System. The Guide includes samples of reports, examples of exhibits and other information involved in the Approval Process. The Guide is available as two downloadable PDF documents. Part I of the Guide focuses on the Guidelines and Part II of the Guide focuses on the approval/reapproval process. Parts I and II can be purchased separately or as a package.

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General Overview of the ABA Approval Process for Paralegal Education Programs

Paralegals Blog

The Standing Committee on Paralegals and Approval Commission blog will cover a wide range of topics that are of interest to lawyers, law firm managers, paralegal educators and those interested in promoting the profession and ethical utilization of paralegals.

About the Standing Committee on Paralegals

The Standing Committee on Paralegals develops and promotes policies relating to the education, employment, training and effective use of paralegals. The Standing Committee, through its Approval Commission, continues to serve as the body to set standards for paralegal education. In addition to overseeing its approval program, the Standing Committee monitors trends in the field. The Standing Committee maintains an information service for those persons interested in becoming paralegals. In an average year, the staff office processes more than 6,000 requests for information and responds to numerous requests for help.

Meet the Members

2019-2020 ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals and Approval Commission members