American Bar Association Approves all Bay Path College Legal Studies Programs
At February’s mid-year meeting of the American Bar Association, the House of Delegates officially reapproved all of Bay Path College’s Legal Programs. This includes the two Legal Studies undergraduate Bachelor’s degrees, an Associate degree, and a Paralegal Certificate program. After over a year of the College’s internal evaluation culminating in a site visit by ABA commissioners last fall, the ABA recognized the College’s programs as being in compliance with the official guidelines for approval for another seven years.
“Employers, graduates, and fellow legal educators have confirmed for me that a four-year degree from an ABA approved program—or a 4 year degree and a certificate from an ABA approved program—is the desired combination of credentials for entry level employees,” Bay Path’s John Woodruff said, adding that such an education, “also makes a $15,000 to $25,000 difference in salary.” ABA approved programs must be responsive to changes in the law and in the practice of law, which accounts for the outstanding graduate school and employment placement rates of Bay Path graduates.
As chair of the Bay Path legal studies department, Woodruff called the ABA approval another validation of the College’s excellence. Nationwide, there are almost 2,000 legal studies programs at the collegiate level; Bay Path is one of only 275 that meets the rigorous requirements for ABA approval.