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.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.