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Paralegal Studies Program gains national endorsement

The American Bar Association (ABA) has granted approval to the University’s Legal Studies Program. The ABA endorsement is a benchmark for many employers who hire paralegals.

The approval enhances the profile of the University’s Legal Studies program at the regional and national level, and makes the graduates more competitive in an increasingly tough job market.

The Department of Politics and Government initiated the approval process in August of 2008. Department Chair Ali Riaz called the approval a “milestone” in the history of the department and the program.

The Legal Studies Program began in 1975 and is currently offered as a minor, a certificate with a bachelor’s degree, a certificate without a bachelor’s degree, and an interdisciplinary studies major. About 50 students participate in the program annually.