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.

45 Years of ABA Approval of Paralegal Education Programs

Join us to celebrate 45 years of the ABA Approval Process for Paralegal Education Programs. Read stories of nearly two dozen of the graduates of ABA approved programs.

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Guidance for Paralegal Programs Regarding Changes Due to COVID-19

The ABA Standing Committee and Approval Commission have created a series of documents outlining the process by which programs will report changes implemented due to COVID-19 and guidance on virtual site visits.

ABA Approved Programs

Search the ABA Approved Paralegal Education Program Directory to find information on 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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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

2020-2021 ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals and Approval Commission members