On June 1, 1981, the school opened its doors for training individuals for legal paraprofessional skills. An attorney and an official of the court started the school. The organizers recognized the need for a school because both worked in the courts and saw a demand for trained individuals to assist attorneys. Presently, the school is owned and administered by Mohammad Ajmal, M.D. The highly qualified staff is made up of attorneys and other professionals who have degrees in various subjects and/or required work experience in various areas of study offered.
The school became nationally accredited in 1989. In 1990, the name of the school was changed to Baton Rouge College and relocated to a new facility on N. Lobdell Boulevard. The school houses state-of-the-art equipment in a setting conducive to the modern office environment. In 1993, the first lecture site was opened. In 1995, the staff and faculty developed the first Paralegal Specialty Program offered by any college or university in Louisiana. In 2000, the College developed the first seminar courses designed for law office personnel to be offered by a Louisiana-based school. In 2003, the Louisiana Board of Regents granted approval of the Paralegal Associate of Arts Degree program. In 2005, the seminar program was expanded to include other subjects related to the legal profession. This innovative curriculum is an example of the College’s ever renewing curriculum and developmental process. The staff refines its methods and procedures on a regular basis to meet the needs of the community. BRC in years past has maintained lecture sites in New Orleans, Metairie, Hammond, Mobile, and Slidell. Lecture sites are opened and closed based on market demand.
The College has been approved by the Louisiana State Bar, Alabama State Bar, Mississippi State Bar, Texas State Bar and Georgia State Bar to offer continuing legal education courses for attorneys.
The school relates all of its programs to the overall goal of education. The goal of the College is to teach individuals to live productively in society. There are many components of an educational process, and each facet has importance in preparing individuals for a meaningful and productive life. The fundamental concept of education should be that all types of educational experiences, curriculum, instructions, counseling, etc., provide preparation for social and economic independence, personal fulfillment, and appreciation for the dignity of work. The implementation of objectives and activities must be in keeping with the total organizational pattern that provides students with continual pupil progress.
The curriculum should provide a continuum of systematic, sequential development from the first day of school until graduation. By recognizing each student as a unique individual, a continuous progressive educational program enables each student to be a unique individual and to progress at his/her own rate. This encourages success, which reinforces the positive self-concept of the individual and contributes to personal, social, and occupational effectiveness. The school is dedicated to the maximum development of individualized instruction. The staff and faculty promote the concept of individualized instruction and attempt to ensure that all students are successful.
Paralegal programs are a part of the overall system of education. The College’s goal is to serve the student as a part of the overall system with emphasis on the vocational aspects.