SPSCC Paralegal Program Earns American Bar Association Approval

Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that its paralegal program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

ABA approval is rigorous and recognized by legal professionals in Thurston County and beyond. This endorsement both elevates the reputation of SPSCC’s program in the community and makes graduates more competitive when entering the marketplace.

“I am delighted that the SPSCC Paralegal Program has been approved by the ABA and appreciate the recognition of the quality of education we provide our students,” said Adam Tenenbaum, Professor and Head of Curriculum paralegals at the SPSCC. “ABA is a language that legal professionals know and speak,” Tenenbaum added. “Students can leave school with their degree and many employers outside the region may not know about SPSCC, but they will know about ABA.”

The process of obtaining ABA approval was long. Programs must meet the various requirements of the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals regarding coursework, faculty, campus facilities, library access, detailed assessment plans, data tracking, and constant review and improvement of the program. After three and a half years of preparation, the SPSCC program succeeded in obtaining its approval.

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