Paralegal accreditation is one assurance of a program's quality, so consider
it carefully when you choose your paralegal school. Paralegal school accreditation
is offered by the American Bar Association (ABA), some state and local bar
associations, regional accrediting bodies, or accrediting bodies focused on
private or online schools.
The ABA process of accreditation is voluntary and can be quite expensive, so a
lack of accreditation in itself may not be an indication of poor quality.
In fact, only 260 of the approximately 1,000 paralegal training
programs in the United States are ABA accredited, and accredited schools are
not available in all locations. Many schools which choose not to
seek ABA accreditation still follow its guidelines very closely.
In May 2009, the American Bar Association reviewed Mt. SAC's Paralegal/Legal
Specialist Program and found it in compliance with the standards developed
by the Standing Committee on Paralegal Programs. The Paralegal
Specialty Program has been granted approval by the American Bar Association.
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