Ohio Paralegal Schools

Ohio paralegal schools afford aspiring paralegals the opportunity to earn a paralegal degree and join a well-paying field that has one of the fastest job growth rates in the United States according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rather than practice law like an attorney, Ohio paralegals review legal documents and aid in witness preparation as well as other duties as needed for attorneys.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

University of Cincinnati: The University of Cincinnati’s School of Criminal Justice offers an American Bar Association approved Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies and Legal Assistant Certificate. The BS is a standard four year undergraduate degree while the Legal Assistant Certificate is designed for those who have completed a degree program. The Practicum (or internship) is required of both types of students, and the city of Cincinnati has many law firms, organizations, banks, and courthouses in which to gain the necessary professional experience. The School of Criminal Justice faculty are top- rated experts in their fields, and this extends to the Paralegal Studies instructors.

Kent State University: The College of Arts and Sciences at Kent University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies, a Paralegal Studies Minor, and a Post- Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies; all of which have been approved by the American Bar Association. The BA is a 121 hour program while the Certificate is 30 hours and designed for individuals who have already completed a degree program. All Paralegal Studies students are required to complete and pass Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Legal Research and Writing, Principles and Practice of Litigation, and Internship in Paralegal Studies. The mandatory internship is how students are guaranteed to obtain the real world, professional experience that makes them suitable for employment.

How to Become a Paralegal in Ohio

An employment survey performed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that there are approximately 6,500 paralegals practicing in the state of Ohio. The largest concentrations of paralegals lie in the metropolitan areas of Cleveland and Cincinnati. The state of Ohio does not have any minimum educational requirements to become a paralegal. An aspiring paralegal can enter the workforce by receiving on the job training instead of going the educational route. However, a paralegal must work under the direct supervision of an attorney. This attorney will also take the professional responsibility for the actions of the paralegal.

Coursework at Ohio Paralegal Schools

Two and four-year paralegal studies programs include a number of generalized courses that teach math, critical reading and writing skills. This prepares Ohio paralegal aspirants for the legal research and writing that they will be doing when they graduate. In addition, coursework in civil and criminal procedures, how to use computerized databases for research and real estate and torts is also common. Ohio paralegal schools also offer internships as advanced level courses for on-the-job training.

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Paralegal Schools in Ohio

There are a number of Ohio paralegal schools, including more than a dozen with American Bar Association certification. Among those, community colleges like Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College in Parma and Sinclair Community College in Dayton all offer associate’s degree options. Four year colleges with Ohio paralegal programs include the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, and Kent State University, both providing bachelor’s degrees or post-baccalaureate certificates. Those who do not have time to attend classes at a campus can apply for online Paralegal degree programs like the Paralegal Certificate online program at Boston University or the Bachelor of Science – Paralegal Studies program at Virginia College.

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Ohio Paralegal Certification

The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) offers a certification to qualified applicants interested in becoming a OSBA Certified Paralegal. Applicants must pass an examination and demonstrate a combination of education and experience that has been established by the OSBA Paralegal Certification Board, the education for which ranges from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. The Board also recognizes continuing education and paralegal education credits from accredited programs, and requires three references from previous (attorney) employers. To qualify, the OSBA members must submit a $150 application fee and $100 examination fee; non-members pay $200 and $150, respectively.

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Top Law Firms for Paralegal Graduates in Ohio

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP has been recognized one of the top law firms in Ohio by Best Lawyers of America. Vorys was founded in Ohio in 1909 and has since grown into its current position as a national firm, even as it continues to expand. Vorys recognizes that its size is not unique, but that what it offers its staff can be, and as a result supports its paralegals and other professionals with training programs and continuing career development. Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLP is a highly respected firm, with locations in Akron, Canton, and Cleveland. As one of the largest full service firms in Ohio it offers its paralegal staff opportunities to work on challenging cases with competitive compensation and benefits. Day Ketterer Ltd. has been recognized by US News as one of the Best Law Firms in Ohio. The firm is more selective in choosing practice areas, and among its core areas of focus are education, financial services & banking, and Ohio shale resources, and it is consistently hiring.

Ohio Paralegal Salary and Job Outlook

Ohio paralegal aspirants who graduate with specialized training have the advantage of specific job skills experience that can help them succeed in job searches for positions at law firms, corporate finance departments and legal departments or government agencies. The average annual wage for paralegals in the state of Ohio is $44,530.1 Ohio paralegals have the advantage of being able to move between employers, as well as taking on more supervisory roles.

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Paralegal Schools in Ohio

Academy of Court Reporting (Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Legal Assistant/Secretary
Certificate | Paralegal

Beckfield College (Springdale, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal Studies

Bradford School (Columbus, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Legal Office Assistant
Certificate | Legal Office Assistant
Certificate | Paralegal

Brown Mackie College (Canton, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Findlay, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Business | Paralegal
Diploma | Assistant Paralegal

Chancellor University (Cleveland, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Cincinnati, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Legal Assistant
Certificate | Paralegal

College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Paralegal
Bachelor of Arts | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal

Columbus State Community College (Columbus, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal
Certificate | Paralegal

Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Business | Paralegal Studies
Professional Certificate | Paralegal Studies

Daymar College (Lancaster, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Diploma | Paralegal
Diploma | Paralegal (online program)

Edison Community College (Piqua, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Office Systems Management: Legal Office Support
Associate Degree | Office Systems Management: Legal Office Support (online program)
Associate Degree | Paralegal Studies

Herzing University (Toledo, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Legal Assisting/Paralegal

Kent State University (Kent, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Legal Assisting
Certificate | Nurse Paralegal

Lakeland Community College (Kirtland, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies (online program)

Lincoln College of Technology (Cincinnati, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate in Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate of Achievement | Legal Interpretation
Certificate of Achievement | Legal Interpretation and Translation
Certificate of Achievement | Paralegal Studies

Marion Technical College (Marion, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal Studies

Miami Jacobs Career College (Columbus, OH; Dayton, OH; Springboro, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal Studies
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Studies
Certificate | Legal Office Assistant

National College (Kettering, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Paralegal Studies

North Central State College (Mansfield, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

Northwest State Community College (Archbold, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Business | Paralegal

RETS College (Centerville, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

Rhodes State College (Lima, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Business | Paralegal/Legal Assisting

Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal

Stautzenberger College (Maumee, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Business | Legal Secretary
Associate of Applied Business | Paralegal

The University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Arts | Law and Social Thought
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal Studies

University of Akron (Akron, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Paralegal Studies

University of Cincinnati-Clermont College (Batavia, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Technology

University of Northwestern Ohio (Lima, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Diploma | Paralegal

Zane State College (Zanesville, OH)
Paralegal Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Paralegal Assisting Technology

References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_oh.htm

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