The nearly 30-year-old Northern Essex Community College paralegal program recently received reapproval from the American Bar Association for another seven years.
It is one of just six ABA approved paralegal programs in Massachusetts.
The American Bar Association, through its Standing Committee on Paralegals, has promoted the role of the paralegal as a vital member of the legal services delivery team for more than 30 years, according to the school.
The approval process consists of several stages, including the preparation of a self-evaluation report and supporting documents, review by educational consultants, a site visit to the program, and consideration by the Standing Committee on Paralegals Approval Commission.
Students were first admitted to the Northern Essex Paralegal Program in 1983. The program was first approved by the ABA in 1988. To date, more than 600 students have graduated from the NECC Paralegal Program.
Graduates work in all areas of the law including criminal, family, real estate, corporate, insurance, administrative law, personal injury, bankruptcy and immigration.
Northern Essex offers both an associate degree and certificate in paralegal studies, with campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence and extension sites in Methuen and Groveland.
Northern Essex Community College is a state-assisted college, offering over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.
More than 7,400 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses. Another 6,700 take non-credit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.