The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that few of the one thousand paralegal programs receive ABA approval but that having an American Bar Association-approved paralegal qualification was still going to better serve paralegals

The outlook for paralegals was also bright, according to the BLS, as reported by ABA Approved Paralegals in terms of future employment than having a non-paralegal approved school.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is still projecting employment of paralegals to grow 28 percent through 2018. But the reality is that many new graduates are having trouble locating jobs if they don’t have any legal or transferable experience, and some legal staffers are still experiencing down-sizing, or cutbacks in their hours and compensation due to the tough economy.

To find an ABA-approved school in your area, check the Directory of ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs.

For more information about paralegals, see the ABA’s Standing Committee on Paralegals.

Do any of you live in areas where there are no ABA-approved paralegal programs within reasonable driving distance?

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