I work for state government and have for almost 20 years in. I have a paralegal and an attorney who report to me, as well as several subject area specialists. I can tell you from personal experience that the state - here at least -- will research your degree and make sure it is legitimate. If you won't be acting as an attorney the ABA approval won't be an overwhelming factor, but if the college you attend isn't accredited then it will be looked upon as a fake degree and you will not even be considered for the position (and could be charged with faking a resume, though we've never done it). This may seem harsh, but that's just the way it is. Make absolutely sure of the accreditation of the school by an agency approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education before you start, or you will most likely be wasting your time and money. YMMV.