Molloy Earns Prestigious ABA Approval for Two Legal Programs

Molloy College is pleased to announce that its Legal Studies Minor and its Paralegal Studies program have each been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). With this prestigious and respected designation, Molloy becomes one of four programs on Long Island (and 265 programs in the entire country) to have satisfied the ABA's rigorous process. 

Additionally, Molloy is the only post-secondary institution on Long Island to offer a Legal Studies Minor that, at its completion, also grants the student a Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

"We are pleased that the ABA has approved our Legal Studies Minor and the Paralegal Studies program," said Deniese Kennedy-Kollar, Chair of the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department at Molloy. "The ABA is the gold standard for these programs, and we are delighted to have earned this important recognition."

"The Legal Studies Minor is the perfect complement to any major," said Judith Mathers Maloney, Director of Legal Studies/Paralegal Studies. "It increases our students' employability in both legal and non-legal fields by virtue of the skills learned, while also providing a foundation in law essential for those pursuing law school."

Since its establishment in 1878 as the national representative of the legal profession, the ABA serves the public by defending liberty and promoting justice. The ABA established standards for the education of paralegals, advancing the highest quality legal education, ethical conduct, and legal professionalism.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the growth of the paralegal profession is much faster than average through 2026. Paralegals work under the supervision and direction of an attorney and may not give legal advice or otherwise engage in the practice of law. While paralegals work in law firms, they also work in real estate business, government, healthcare, immigration, and many other areas.

For further information on the ABA-approved legal education at Molloy College, please contact Judith Mathers Maloney, Esq., Director of Legal Studies/Paralegal Studies at jmaloney@molloy.edu or 516-323-3812.