Bristol receives a prestigious ABA approval for its Paralegal & Legal Studies Program
Bristol Community College’s Paralegal & Legal Studies program was recently granted approval from the American Bar Association (ABA) for a period of seven years, through August 2028. The ABA approves paralegal education programs that meet its strict standards to promote high-quality paralegal education, training and educational standards. The prestigious approval makes Bristol one of only six approved programs in Massachusetts and one of only four community college paralegal programs to be approved by the national organization.

“I am extremely proud of this achievement. The approval of the college’s Paralegal & Legal Studies program by the American Bar Association is foremost a testament to our amazing, hard-working faculty,” said Dr. Laura L. Douglas, President, Bristol Community College.

“This recognition also demonstrates to our current and future students the strength of Bristol’s curriculum, internship program, advisory board and institutional support for students,” said Elzbieta Nowakowski, Professor & Coordinator, Paralegal & Legal Studies, Bristol Community College.

Bristol’s Paralegal & Legal Studies program offers both an Associate of Science in paralegal & legal studies and Certificate of Achievement in paralegal & legal studies option to best meet the needs of students and their career goals. The program’s classes are flexibly offered during the day, evenings and online with practical assignments, and it has an innovative internship component where students gain valuable experience working under the supervision of an attorney before graduation.

The American Bar Association (ABA) is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. For more information, please visit

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