American Bar Association Approved

The Paralegal Technology Program at Central Piedmont Community College is one of only seven American Bar Association Approved programs in North Carolina.

A Paralegal program that is approved by the ABA is one which has met the guidelines and standards set by the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals and its Approval Commission. These guidelines relate to all areas including, but not limited to, admission and enrollment procedures, curriculum and degree requirements, faculty credentials, textbooks, course syllabi, law library requirements, advisory committees, career placement, counseling, internships, and a program's evaluation requirements.

Once a program has obtained initial ABA approval by showing compliance with ABA Guidelines, that program must re-apply for approval every seven years, submitting an interim report in the third year of the seven year cycle. In addition, all major changes in program leadership, curriculum, location, or organization must be reported to the ABA to ensure that the program remains in compliance with ABA Guidelines at all times.

For more information on what it means to graduate from an ABA Approved program, or to see a directory of ABA Approved programs, go to http://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/paralegals/directory/.  Also provided are e
mployment opportunities available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies, and other business organizations.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.