Campus: San Francisco State University -- February 15, 2002
SFSU Paralegal Studies, Legal Nurse Consultant certificate
programs earn accreditation from American Bar Association
San Francisco State University's Paralegal Studies and Legal Nurse
Consultant certificate programs are now accredited by the American Bar
The Paralegal Studies Program joins the list of 250 ABA-approved paralegal
programs among the nearly 1,000 programs offered by colleges and universities
across the country. It is the only ABA-approved program in San Francisco
and one of only four in the Bay Area.
Accreditation for both programs was approved at an ABA meeting held
this month in Philadelphia.
Recent California legislation establishes criteria for professionals
to legally identify themselves as paralegals. One criterion is graduation
from an ABA-approved program.
Teri Cannon, associate dean of the SFSU College of Extended Learning
and former director of both programs, said the newly accredited programs
will provide stronger career opportunities for students and benefit
the entire Bay Area legal community.
"As the cost of legal services rise, the utilization of paralegals
to increase the efficiency and availability of legal services is more
important than ever," she said. "We are pleased to be a crucial
part of that process and delighted to earn this recognition for our
programs by the organized bar."
Founded in 1975 as the first paralegal certificate program in the Bay
Area, the Paralegal Studies Program offers instruction in practical
legal skills and substantive law and has more than 800 graduates.
With ABA accreditation, the Legal Nurse Consultant certificate program
now offers greater career options for licensed registered nurses. The
program prepares nurses to render informed opinions on the delivery
and outcomes of health care, particularly in cases of personal injury,
toxic torts, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, risk management
and products liability. The program was established in 1998 and has
about 35 graduates.
The ABA, the largest voluntary professional association in the world,
provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information
about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work,
and initiatives to improve the legal system.
Classes are offered through the SFSU College of Extended Learning at
the SFSU Downtown Center at 425 Market St. (at Fremont Street) in San
Francisco. For details on the Paralegal Studies and Legal Nurse Consultant
programs, call (415) 405-7770 or visit: www.cel.sfsu.edu.