Regional accrediting bodies grant accreditation to paralegal programs in
their jurisdiction. These accrediting bodies must go through a
recognition process with the federal government before gaining the
right to accredit programs.
State Bar Accreditation
In some locations, paralegal school accreditation or approval is
provided by state or local bar associations.
The ABA has approved approximately 260 paralegal/legal assistant training
programs that meet its guidelines. The ABA does not accredit
distance learning or online paralegal programs. Seeking ABA
approval is voluntary on the part of the institution, and there are many
quality programs that have chosen not to seek approval. However,
the ABA guidelines are useful in evaluating any program you might want
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