Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2001-09-20

Samford University's legal assistant education program has received full re-approval by the American Bar Association (ABA). The seven-year re-approval is based on the ABA's extensive review of institutional program documents, curriculum, library and computer resources, as well as on-campus interviews with administrators, faculty, alumni and students.

The program, offered through Samford's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, prepares persons to work in various areas of legal service under the supervision of licensed attorneys. Opened in 1975, Samford's legal assistant education program is the oldest in Alabama, and was the first to achieve ABA approval status.

Students who complete the 10-course program earn a legal assistant certificate. Les Ennis, J.D., is program director.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.