ABA Approved Paralegal Programs


Approved in Michigan

Lansing Community College


Lansing Community College is proud to offer two excellent Paralegal education programs:  The Associate Degree in Business and the Post-Bachelor Certificate.  Both are approved by the American Bar Association.  The approval of the American Bar Association is a designation that is recognized by members of the legal community as an indicator of quality and is respected by leaders in the field of paralegal education.



Oakland University

The primary goal of the Paralegal Program at Oakland University is to introduce students to the study of law with emphasis on real-world applications and legal procedures. Classes are taught by attorneys, judges and qualified professionals who understand the role of the paralegal in modern legal practice. The Oakland University Paralegal Program was established in 1974 and ABA approved since 1976. Our well-respected program has employed hundreds of graduates who live and work in our community.


Davenport University

Paralegals are a vital part of any legal team, and a degree in Paralegal Studies from Davenport University may give you a distinct advantage in this high-demand career path. Our American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Studies programs  are designed to support today’s legal community with multiple programs to fit your needs.


Baker College



The Paralegal Program has been approved by the American Bar Association at the Auburn Hills, Clinton Township and Jackson campuses.

"I’ve found the Baker students that work at this court are very dependable. They are hardworking, they are intelligent, they are resourceful. I’ve never had a bad experience with a Baker student."

 – Hon. Richard A. Page 24th District Court Judge


Eastern Michigan University


EMU’s unique Paralegal (Legal Assisting) Studies Program provides the education necessary for students who want to get a job inside the exciting legal field upon graduation. The Program, approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), offers both the initial Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal (Legal Assisting) Studies and a Second Bachelor’s Degree. And our graduates get paralegal jobs!


Ferris State University


The Ferris Legal Studies Program has a curriculum that stresses a broad-based knowledge of the law, with a focus on legal research and writing skills. Students attracted to jobs such as paralegals, legal assistants, court personnel or occupations that require a strong legal background will find this program essential. Graduates of Ferris State have successfully used this degree as a background for a number of jobs as well as groundwork for law school. The Ferris State University Legal Studies program has had the American Bar Association's approval for more than thirty years. The curriculum maintains or surpasses the standards set by the ABA.


Grand Valley State University


The American Bar Association approved baccalaureate program in Legal Studies prepares students to fulfill professional roles as paralegals and in related occupations, as well as to pursue graduate study at law school or in other fields, such as criminal justice or social justice. Grounded in a commitment to liberal education, the program provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge, critical thinking, cultural competency and professional skills that are essential to success in the legal field. The program promotes a respect for diversity, and also seeks to prepare students to make ethically sound and appropriate decisions in response to the challenges presented to them in their professional and personal lives.


Henry Ford Community College

Henry Ford Community College’s Paralegal Studies program prepares students for a career in the legal profession and is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). HFCC’s Paralegal Studies program provides a solid foundation of core legal knowledge and by teaching critical thinking skills as well as organizational, research, writing, oral communication, and interpersonal skills. Upon completing the program, graduates may enter the workforce as a Paralegal or continue their education by transferring to a four-year baccalaureate- degree institution.


Macomb Community College


Graduates of Macomb's Legal Assistant program continue to claim vital positions in law offices, corporations, government agencies and offices, banks, title companies, courts, and insurance companies. Macomb's Legal Assistant program is approved by the American Bar Association. Courses in the Legal Assistant Program, combined with courses in Arts and Sciences, lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree. This degree can transfer directly to a Bachelor or Arts degree in Legal Administration through the University of Detroit Mercy offered at Macomb's University Center.


Madonna University


The mission of the Paralegal Studies Department is to prepare students for careers as paralegals. The program teaches practical paralegal skills in conjunction with a liberal arts education. This allows graduates to serve a modern, multi-cultural society with a valuable skill. The mission also includes education of B.S.N. credentialed nurses to become nurse paralegals. The objectives of the Paralegal Studies Department are to produce competent, well-rounded individuals to assist an attorney in various areas of the law. These requirements are met through carefully designed academic requirements and extensive academic advising.



Oakland Community College


The Paralegal Program courses include Legal Research and Writing, Litigation, Substantive Law (torts, contracts & property), Trial Preparation, Legal Ethics, and Speical Topics. All courses are taught in a practical, career focused manner. This program is approved by and a member of the American Bar Association, a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education, and a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Paralegal Section. It also maintains contacts with several local bar associations including the Oakland County Bar Association and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.