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, please visit the ABA Paralegal Section. Also provided are employment
opportunities available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies, and
other business organizations.
Students may take a combination of traditional, hybrid, and online courses; however, students are required to take at least ten semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.
Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.