Approval Process Materials

Important Notice


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

Applications for Approval, Reapproval or Interim


The Standing Committee has recently implemented the ABA Paralegal Education Program Approval Process Reporting System (the "System"). Effective immediately, the Standing Committee will no longer accept approval, reapproval or interim report forms in paper format. All applications for approval and/or reapproval, and interim report forms, are required to be submitted through the online System.  Please DO NOT complete and submit paper copies of the forms. Please contact us with any questions concerning the Approval/Reapproval/Interim Report process (312-988-5757). Passwords are required to access the system and ABA staff is in the process of providing log-in instructions to all approved programs.

If a paralegal education program is seeking initial approval, please contact the Staff Counsel (312-988-5618) for information. Passwords are required to access the System and will be provided upon receipt of the initial application fee. Applications for initial approval must be completed within six months due to data calculations inherent in the system.


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). All of the substantive change reporting forms, except for the Substantive Change Reporting Form for Alternative Delivery Course Approval, should be submitted electronically and are now available in the Electronic Reporting System. The Substantive Change Reporting Form for Alternative Delivery Course Approval, which can be found below, should continue to be submitted in hard copy format. Several of the forms require payment of a fee. Those forms continue to be specifically identified in the Electronic Reporting System.

  1. Substantive Change Reporting Form Alternative Delivery Course Approval:
    1. Online Delivery Format
    2. Hybrid/Blended Delivery Format
    3. Accelerated Delivery Format
    4. Compressed Delivery Format

If you have any questions, please email us.

Updated: 12/5/2017

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