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									                       AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

                 ADOPTED BY THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES
                           February 14, 2005


RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association grants approval to West Los Angeles
College, Paralegal Studies Program, Culver City, CA; Westchester Community College,
Paralegal Studies Program, Valhalla, NY; and Texas A & M University, Paralegal Studies
Program, Commerce, TX.

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association reapproves the following
paralegal programs: Florida Community College, Legal Studies Institute, Jacksonville,
FL; Community College of Baltimore County, Paralegal Program, Baltimore, MD; Bay
Path College, Legal Studies Program, Longmeadow, MA; Albuquerque Technical
Vocational Institute, Paralegal Studies Program, Albuquerque, NM; Southwest Tennessee
Community College, Paralegal Studies Program, Memphis, TN; and Center for Advanced
Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies Program, Houston, TX.

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association withdraws the approval of
the University of Evansville, Legal Studies Program, Evansville, IN as of the adjournment
of the February 2005 Midyear Meeting of the House of Delegates at the request of the
institution.

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association extends the terms of
approval until the August 2005 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates for the
following programs: Yavapai College, Paralegal Program, Prescott, AZ; California State
University, Paralegal Studies Program, Los

Angeles, CA; College of the Sequoias, Paralegal Program, Visalia, CA; University of San
Diego, Paralegal Program, San Diego, CA; Community College of Aurora, Paralegal
Program, Aurora, CO; Briarwood College, Paralegal Program, Southington, CT; Miami-
Dade College, Legal Assistant Program, Miami, FL; Kapiolani Community College,
Paralegal Program, Honolulu, HI; Ball State University, Legal Studies Program, Muncie,
IN; Des Moines Area Community College, Legal Assistant Program, Des Moines, IA;
Anne Arundel Community College, Paralegal Studies Program, Arnold, MD; Northern
Essex Community College, Paralegal Studies Program, Lawrence, MA; Macomb
Community College, Legal Assistant Program, Warren, MI; Winona State University,
Paralegal Program, Winona, MN; New Hampshire Technical Institute, Paralegal Program,
Concord, NH; Atlantic Cape Community College, Paralegal Program, Mays Landing, NJ;
Burlington County College, Paralegal Program, Pemberton, NJ; Schenectady County
Community College, Legal Studies Program, Schenectady, NY; Metropolitan College,
Legal Assistant Program, Tulsa, OK; Chattanooga State Technical/Community College,
Paralegal Studies Program, Chattanooga, TN; Virginia Western Community College,
Legal Assistant Program, Roanoke, VA; and Milwaukee Area Technical College,
Paralegal Program, West Allis, WI.



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                                          REPORT


In August, 1973, the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association adopted the
Guidelines for the Approval of Legal Assistant Education Programs as recommended by the
Special Committee on Legal Assistants. The Committee subsequently developed supporting
evaluative criteria and procedures for seeking American Bar Association approval.
Applications for approval were formally accepted beginning in the Fall of 1974.

Programs applying for approval are required to submit a self-evaluation report which provides
a comprehensive description of the program, including but not limited to the following areas:
organization and administration, financial support, curriculum, faculty, admissions, student
services, advisory committee, library, and physical plant. An on-site inspection of the
program is conducted by representatives of the Association if the contents of the self-
evaluation report indicate compliance with the ABA Guidelines.

For an initial approval, the inspection team is chaired by a member of the Approval
Commission of the Standing Committee on Paralegals, and consists of a lawyer, an
experienced paralegal and a director of another institution’s program. On a reapproval visit,
the team which is again chaired by a member of the Approval Commission, is a two-member
visitation team and includes two of the previously mentioned groups. The purpose of the on-
site inspection is to verify the information provided in the self-evaluation report and to
acquire supplementary information helpful to making an evaluation which can only be
obtained through the person-to-person contact and observation the visitation affords. The
inspection is conducted over a one and one-half day period and consists of a series of
meetings with the advisory committee and other individuals involved to a lesser extent and in
some aspect of the program, such as the registrar, financial officer, placement coordinator and
admissions and counseling staff. The team also observes legal specialty classes in session and
may inspect various program data, including detailed curriculum materials, admission and
placement records, student evaluations of faculty members and courses, and the like.

Following the on-site inspection an evaluation is prepared by team members. The Approval
Commission reviews the evaluation report and makes its recommendations to the Standing
Committee on Paralegals, which in turn, submits its recommendation to the American Bar
Association House of Delegates for final action.

The Standing Committee on Paralegals has completed an inspection of the programs
identified below and found them to be operating in compliance with the Guidelines for the
Approval of Paralegal Education Programs and is, therefore, recommending that approval be
granted.

       West Los Angeles College, Paralegal Studies Program, Culver City, CA
       West Los Angeles College is a two-year public community college. It is
       accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college
       offers an Associate of Arts degree as well as a post-degree certificate.




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       Westchester Community College, Paralegal Studies Program, Valhalla, NY
       Westchester Community College is a publicly supported institution. It is
       accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The
       college offers a two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science
       degree. A post-degree certificate is also available.

       Texas A & M University, Paralegal Studies Program, Commerce, TX
       Texas A & M University is a public institution accredited by the Southern
       Association of Colleges and Schools. The university offers both a Bachelor of
       Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree.

The following schools were recently evaluated for reapproval. Having demonstrated
compliance with the Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, the
Standing Committee on Paralegals recommends that reapproval be granted to the following
programs:

       Florida Community College, Legal Studies Institute, Jacksonville, FL
       Florida Community College is a public institution accredited by the Southern
       Association of Colleges and Schools. The college offers both an Associate in
       Science degree and an Associate in Applied Science degree.

       Community College of Baltimore County, Paralegal Program, Baltimore, MD
       Community College of Baltimore County is a public institution accredited by the
       Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Students who successfully
       complete the paralegal program are awarded either an Associate of Applied Science
       degree or a certificate.

       Bay Path College, Legal Studies Program, Longmeadow, MA
       Bay Path College is a private, non-profit educational institution for women. It is
       accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools. The
       college offers four options: an Associate in Science degree, a Bachelor of Science
       degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal
       Studies.

       Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, Paralegal Studies Program,
       Albuquerque, NM
       Albuquerque TVI is a public institution accredited by the North Central
       Association of Colleges and Schools. Students who successfully complete the
       paralegal program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree.

       Southwest Tennessee Community College, Paralegal Studies Program, Memphis,
       TN

       Southwest Tennessee Community College is a state supported college. It is
       accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college
       offers a two-year program leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree.



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       Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies Program, Houston, TX
       The Center for Advanced Legal Studies is a private, proprietary institution
       offering only paralegal education. It is accredited by the Council for
       Occupational Education. The Center offers an Associate of Applied Science
       degree as well as a certificate.

The Standing Committee on Paralegals recommends that the approval of the University of
Evansville, Legal Studies Program, Evansville, IN be withdrawn as of the adjournment of the
February 2005 Midyear Meeting of the American Bar Association House of Delegates at the
request of the institution.

Applications for reapproval have been filed by the following schools and are currently being
evaluated. Until the evaluation process has been completed, the Committee recommends that
the term of approval for each program be extended until the August 2005 Annual Meeting of
the American Bar Association House of Delegates.

       Yavapai College, Paralegal Program, Prescott, AZ

       California State University, Paralegal Studies Program, Los Angeles, CA

       College of the Sequoias, Paralegal Program, Visalia, CA

       University of San Diego, Paralegal Program, San Diego, CA

       Community College of Aurora, Paralegal Program, Aurora, CO

       Briarwood College, Paralegal Program, Southington, CT

       Miami-Dade College, Legal Assistant Program, Miami, FL

       Kapiolani Community College, Paralegal Program, Honolulu, HI




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      Ball State University, Legal Studies Program, Muncie, IN

      Des Moines Area Community College, Legal Assistant Program, Des Moines, IA

      Anne Arundel Community College, Paralegal Studies Program, Arnold, MD

      Northern Essex Community College, Paralegal Studies Program, Lawrence, MA

      Macomb Community College, Legal Assistant Program, Warren, MI

      Winona State University, Paralegal Program, Winona, MN

      New Hampshire Technical Institute, Paralegal Program, Concord, NH

      Atlantic Cape Community College, Paralegal Program, Mays Landing, NJ

      Burlington County College, Paralegal Program, Pemberton, NJ

      Schenectady County Community College, Legal Studies Program, Schenectady,
      NY

      Metropolitan College, Legal Assistant Program, Tulsa, OK

      Chattanooga State Technical/Community College, Paralegal Studies Program,
      Chattanooga, TN

      Virginia Western Community College, Legal Assistant Program, Roanoke, VA

      Milwaukee Area Technical College, Paralegal Program, West Allis, WI




                                                        Respectfully submitted,

                                                        Frances P. Kao
                                                        Chair


February, 2005




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                             GENERAL INFORMATION FORM

                      To Be Appended to Reports with Recommendations
                     (Please refer to instructions for completing this form.)


Submitting Entity:     Standing Committee on Paralegals

Submitted By:          Frances P. Kao, Chair

1.     Summary of Recommendation(s).

       Recommends that the House of Delegates grant approval and reapproval to
       several paralegal education programs, extend the term of approval to several
       paralegal education programs, and withdraw the approval of one paralegal
       education program at the request of the institution.

2.     Approval by Submitting Entity.

       November 13, 2004.

3.     Has this or a similar recommendation been submitted to the House or Board
       previously?

       This recommendation has not been previously submitted.

4.     What existing Association policies are relevant to this recommendation and how
       would they be affected by its adoption?

       This recommendation supports the Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal
       Education Programs, as adopted by the House of Delegates.

5.     What urgency exists which requires action at this meeting of the House?

       Action is timely.

6.     Status of Legislation. (If applicable.)

       N/A

7.     Cost to the Association. (Both direct and indirect costs.)

       None




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8.    Disclosure of Interest. (If applicable.)

      N/A

9.    Referrals.

      None

10.   Contact Person. (Prior to the meeting.)

      Peggy C. Wallace, Staff Counsel, Standing Committee on Paralegals, American
      Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610, (312) 988-5618.

11.   Contact Person. (Who will present the report to the House.)

      Frances P. Kao
      Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
      333 West Wacker Drive, Suite 2100
      Chicago, IL 60606
      (312) 407-0411




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