The one year, cohort-based, certificate evening program (non-credit) is for individuals interested in a paralegal career. OU's Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) through its Standing Committee on Legal Assistants. One of the first established in Michigan, Oakland University's Paralegal Program has maintained its ABA-approved status since its initial recognition in 1976. In addition, OU's Paralegal Program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education and has satisfied all membership requirements as set forth in the Association’s Bylaws and Standing Rules as an Institutional Member of AAfPE.