Paralegal Schools in Ohio

The body of knowledge required to effectively perform legal support services can only come from a formal education in paralegal studies. As attorneys, corporations and government agencies work within an increasingly complex legal framework, the level of responsibility they expect paralegals to be able to take on has also increased. Law offices and other employers in Ohio have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.

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If you want to go beyond the minimum requirements and stack the odds in your favor, you’re going to need to find a high quality program that offers a certificate or two-year degree in paralegal studies.

We’ve made some recommendations to help you do just that. The schools we feature offer paralegal programs designed for aspiring professionals from all walks of life. Some are designed for career changers who already have a four-year degree and are looking to gain an upper-level certificate. Others are designed for prospective paralegals who have never attended college before. Whatever your situation is, you’ll find a range of quality options available on-campus and online.

 

American National University – National College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

American National University features two paralegal programs, both of which have the ABA-stamp of quality and both are offered at ANU’s conveniently located Dayton-area campus in Kettering.

The AAS can be completed in as little as 80 weeks and is open to anyone who wants to gain a competitive academic foundation.

The certificate program can be completed in just 30 weeks. Students who already have at least an associate’s degree in any field can apply to this program, a perfect fit for anyone who wants to bolster their degree with a specific paralegal credential.

Both programs prepare you to take the optional national paralegal certification exam offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

 

Bryant and Stratton College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus and online

Legal Office Assistant Diploma – Campus and online

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

We’re featuring BSC because it provides convenient one and two-year options for aspiring paralegals.

You can graduate from the 60-credit AAS program in just two years. It includes 39 credits of core paralegal courses.

The diploma program is an abridged version of the AAS that can be completed in one year. You can count the credits you earn in this program – including 23 credits of core courses – towards the AAS if you decide to continue on to earn the degree.

You can apply to either program by making an appointment for an interview with an admissions representative; all you need is a high school diploma or GED. BSC offers these programs from its campus locations in Cleveland, Eastlake, Parma, and Akron, as well as fully online.

 

Capital University Law School

Paralegal Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

Legal Nurse Consulting – Online with a monthly campus class

Life Care Planner – 5 online modules and 1 campus-based module

  • ABA-approved – The Paralegal Certificate and Legal Nurse Consulting programs are both approved by the ABA; the Life Care Planner program is not
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

This school stands out nationally for featuring a life care planner program affiliated with an ABA-approved law school and major university. The paralegal certificate and legal nurse consulting programs both have the ABA quality stamp of approval.

The 27-credit paralegal certificate program is open to graduates who already have at least a bachelor’s degree in any field. It is offered over three semesters part-time during the evenings, or full-time over 14 weeks as a summer immersion program. All classes are offered from CULS’s Columbus campus.

The 11-credit 136-hour Life Care Planner program is designed for anyone in the medical field who regularly interacts with lawyers and those in the legal field, and those who want to gain a legal credential. It is offered in five online modules and one campus-based module at CULS’s Columbus campus. Upon completion you’re eligible to sit for the ICHCC’s Certified Life Care Planner examination.

The 20-credit Legal Nurse Consulting program consists of 10 one-month modules. You complete the modules online along with one weekend-long CULS campus-based class each month in Columbus. This program is designed for students who already have their RN license who want to gain further legal specialization.

 

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Legal Administrative Assistant Associate of Applied Business (AAB) – Online

Paralegal Studies Certificate – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

This school’s admissions process is encouraging for prospective paralegals from any background. The only qualifications you need to apply to either paralegal program are a high school diploma or GED, and a placement test that’s offered by the school, the ACT, or SAT.

The six-semester paralegal AAB program is 63 credits. Two of these semesters focus on a full-time cooperative education segment where you hone your paralegal skills under supervision in the field. You also complete a paralegal capstone project designed to develop targeted paralegal skills.

The six-semester 65-credit legal administrative assistant AAB program focuses on the clerical duties that are performed in a legal setting. It includes a capstone project and the option to complete up to two semesters of full-time legal assistant cooperative education in a field setting.

The two-semester 30-credit certificate program is an abridged version of the AAB. You can apply the credits you earn here towards the AAB if you continue studying. This program also includes a paralegal capstone project designed to develop targeted paralegal skills.

The certificate and paralegal AAB programs are offered from CSTCC’s campus. The school has two campus locations in Cincinnati and one each in Harrison and Middletown. The legal administrative assistant AAB is offered entirely online as well as from campus locations.

 

Clark State Community College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus and some classes online

  • ABA-approved – The paralegal core courses at Sinclair Community College are ABA-approved; the non-core courses at Clark State CC are not ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring this program because it provides one of the most flexible options for earning an ABA-approved AAS degree in paralegal studies. It is open to anyone who meets the school’s general admissions requirements.

This program is offered as part of CSCC’s “start here, finish there” program and totals 65 credits. Within this AAS program there are 33 non-core credits in subjects like English and psychology. You can take all these non-paralegal courses from CSCC, and then finish the rest of your 32 core paralegal classes at Sinclair Community College.

CSCC has campus locations in Springfield, Beavercreek, and Bellefontaine. You can take courses at these locations as well as online. The core-paralegal classes at Sinclair Community College are only campus-based. SCC has locations in Dayton, Eaton, Englewood, Huber Heights, Mason, and Wright-Patterson AFB.

You can even enroll in both schools simultaneously and complete the AAS program in two years.

 

Columbus State Community College

AAS in Paralegal Studies/Legal Assisting – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

This school’s ABA-approved paralegal programs combine quality with affordability, and that’s why they’ve made our list. CSCC has a special arrangement with Kent State University where you can transfer the paralegal AAS to KSU’s paralegal bachelor’s program and enter with junior status.

The AAS program is open to students who meet CSCC’s basic admissions requirements and takes two years to complete. The certificate program is open to anyone who has a bachelor’s degree in any subject and takes 16 months to complete. This makes the AAS program a good option for students coming from high school or those who don’t have prior college education, and the certificate program works well for career changers who have already completed a bachelor’s.

Both programs cover essential subjects in the legal field and include a two-credit practicum or internship at an office, agency, or business that provides legal services. CSCC has campus locations in Columbus and Delaware.

 

Cuyahoga Community College District

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We like this school because its paralegal programs are affordable and also have the ABA-approved stamp of quality.

The AAS program is 61 credits and can be completed in four semesters over two years. The certificate is 29 credits and can be completed in three semesters over 32 weeks. Both programs include a one credit internship that involves 10 hours of work each week under the supervision of an attorney and/or paralegal.

CCCD has campus locations in Brunswick, Warrensvile Heights, Westlake, Parma, Parma Heights, Highland Hills, and multiple campuses in Cleveland. The AAB program is open to students who meet CCCD’s general admission requirements, while the certificate program is open to students who already have at least an associate’s degree in any field.

 

Eastern Gateway Community College

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Paralegal Studies – Campus-based with some online classes

Paralegal Certificate – Campus and some online

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring this program because it has competitive and affordable paralegal programs that are open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED.

The two-semester 34-credit certificate program is an abridged version of the AAB and takes one year to complete. If you choose the certificate program you can apply the credits you earn here towards the AAB program. The AAB program is more in-depth and comprised of 63 credits that can be completed in four semesters over two years.

The AAB program includes a two-credit practicum where you gain real-world experience in a legal setting under supervision. Classes are offered on campus, and many are also offered online. EGCC has campus locations in Steubenville and Youngstown.

 

Edison State Community College

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – The AAB program is ABA-approved; the certificate program is not ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring this school because it offers high-quality affordable programs for everyone. Anyone with a high school diploma or GED can apply to the ABA-approved AAB program. If you already have a bachelor’s degree in any field you are eligible to apply to the post-bac certificate program.

Both programs include the option for a one-credit internship program where you’ll gain on-the-job experience as a paralegal in the local community. The certificate program is 35 credits and can be completed in 32 weeks. The AAB program is 65 credits and can be completed in two years.

ESCC has campus locations in Piqua and Greenville. Many of the AAB’s non-core paralegal classes in subjects like English and mathematics are offered online as well as on campus. Your core paralegal courses are taken on campus.

 

Herzing University

AS/AAS in Legal Studies – Campus and online

BS in Legal Studies – Campus and online

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring this school because it is highly convenient and offers one of the state’s few four-year degrees in legal studies. All you need to apply to any program is a high school diploma or GED.

The AAS is designed for those who want to go directly into the professional world upon graduation. This holds true for the AS too, but with an AS your credits are more likely to transfer to a four-year school if you decide to continue your education later. Both programs can be completed in 20 months and involve 63 total credits.

The BS program is 126 credits and can be completed in 36 months.

The AS/AAS program includes the option for a four-credit paralegal internship, while the BS program requires students to complete a three-credit paralegal internship. The internships give you hands-on learning in the real world as a paralegal, a valuable experience in and of itself.

Classes are offered from HU’s campuses in Akron and Toledo. These programs are also offered fully online.

Graduates of the AS or BS programs are eligible to sit for the optional paralegal certification exam sponsored by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

 

Kent State University

AAS in Legal Assisting – Campus

BA in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Minor in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – The BA, Minor, and Certificate programs are all ABA-approved; the AAS program is not ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring KSU because it has something for everyone: an AAS or BA in paralegal studies open to anyone who meets the school’s basic admission requirements, a minor for anyone who is already admitted and pursuing a four-year degree in any field, and a certificate program for anyone who already has at least a bachelor’s degree in any field. The BA program is one of the few ABA-approved four-year programs of its kind in Ohio, while the certificate and minor programs are also ABA-approved.

The 65-credit AAS program can be completed in four semesters and includes a three-credit paralegal internship. The 120-credit BA program can be completed in eight semesters and includes two three-credit paralegal internships.

The paralegal minor is 30 credits and can be combined with any bachelor’s degree major. The certificate is 30 credits and can be completed in 30 weeks. Both programs include a three-credit paralegal internship.

The AAS program is offered from KSU’s East Liverpool and Trumbull (Warren) campuses. All other programs are offered from the KSU’s main campus in Kent.

 

Lake Erie College

BS in Legal Studies – Campus

Legal Studies Minor – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

LEC has some of the highest academic standards in Ohio as demonstrated by its competitive admissions process. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA as demonstrated on their high school transcripts, four years of high school English, and three years of all other core subjects. You must also submit scores from the SAT, ACT, or other acceptable test, plus a 500-word essay.

The BS program can be completed in four years and totals 120 credits. This includes 51 credits of core legal studies classes, including a four-credit internship. To add a legal studies minor onto an existing four-year degree you must complete 22 credits of core coursework. All classes are offered from LEC’s Painesville campus.

 

Lakeland Community College

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, both programs
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring this school because its paralegal programs go above and beyond to give you the realistic experience you need. All paralegal courses have a practical component, giving you an opportunity to take the theory you learn and apply it to practice. What’s more, both programs culminate with a three-credit paralegal internship in an actual legal field setting.

The 61-credit AAB program can be completed in four semesters and is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED. The 28-credit certificate program can be completed in 32 weeks and is open to anyone who has at least 54 college credits. Classes for both programs are offered from LCC’s Kirtland campus.

 

Lakewood College

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Paralegal Studies – Online

Paralegal Studies Diploma – Online

Mediation and Paralegal Certificate – Online

Criminal Justice and Paralegal Certificate – Online

  • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission

We’re featuring LC because it offers four attractive options for aspiring paralegals, all of which are open to anyone who meets the school’s basic admissions requirements. You can’t beat this school’s convenience either – all programs are offered exclusively online.

The AAB program is 63 credits and can be completed in two years full-time, or longer part-time. The diploma program can be completed in nine months and is comprised of 18 course lessons.

The criminal justice and paralegal program can be completed in as few as 15 months and as much as 22.5 months. Totaling 32 lessons, it is a perfect program if you plan to work in the criminal justice field as a paralegal.

The mediation and paralegal certificate program can be completed in as few as 15 months and as much as 22.5 months. Totaling 34 lessons, it is perfect for paralegals who want to focus on dispute resolution and mediation.

Graduates of the AAB program are qualified to take the optional national paralegal certification examination offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). All other programs prepare you to pass the NALA exam.

 

Mount Saint Joseph University

AA in Legal Studies – Campus

BA in Legal Studies – Campus

Minor in Legal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – All programs except the minor are ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

MSJU offers a full range of top-quality programs open to prospective paralegals from all backgrounds. The school considers your high school transcripts, demonstration of leadership, and standardized test scores when you apply to the AA and BA programs.

The two-year AA program includes 24 credits of core legal studies courses. The four-year BA program includes 42 credits of core legal studies courses. The 18-credit minor is available to any student of MSJU pursuing a four-year degree.

The 18-credit certificate program can be completed part-time in two years. To be eligible to apply to the certificate program you must have at least an associate’s degree in any field.

The AA, BA, and certificate programs each include a valuable three-credit internship experience where you gain first-hand knowledge from supervised work in the legal field. Classes are offered from MSJU’s campus in Cincinnati.

 

Northwest State Community College

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring this school because it is one of the best and most affordable options for earning a paralegal associate’s degree in all of Northwest Ohio. Anyone with a high school diploma or GED can apply.

This 60-credit program can be completed in four semesters. Classes are offered from the school’s campus in Archbold.

 

Ohio Business College

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Legal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

This school provides two convenient campus locations where you can earn this degree: in Sheffield Village and Sandusky. All you need for an application is your high school diploma or GED.

You can graduate from this program in 27 months, during which time you’ll complete 96 quarter credits. The program culminates with an externship in the local legal field that will give you the chance to develop real-world competitive skills.

 

Rhodes State College

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – The AAB program is ABA-approved

We’re featuring the James A. Rhodes State College in Lima because it offers quality options for aspiring paralegals at different stages of their education.

The 65-credit ABA-approved AAB program can be completed in two years over four semesters and includes a three-credit practicum that will give you real-world experience as a paralegal. To apply to this program you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

The 30-credit certificate program can be completed in 12 months over two semesters and includes a three-credit internship as part of the curriculum. To be eligible to apply to this program you need to have at least an associate’s degree in any field.

 

Shawnee State University

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Legal Assisting Technology – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

SSU’s paralegal program is special. It is not focused on legal assisting theory, but rather on practical how-to courses taught by judges and attorneys.

The 61-credit AAB program can be completed in two years. The program culminates with a two-credit 160-hour practicum where you work in the real world under the supervision and direction of a licensed attorney.

If you earn the AAB you also have the option to complete a select bachelor’s degree in two additional years: a social science BA program or a BS in business administration. These are part of special 2+2 programs at SSU where your legal assisting AAB will be counted as a concentration on your bachelor’s degree.

Classes are offered from SSU’s Portsmouth campus with flexible daytime and evening schedules.

 

Sinclair Community College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – The paralegal core courses at Sinclair Community College are ABA-approved; the non-core courses at Clark State Community College are not ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

SCC provides one of the most flexible options for earning an ABA-approved AAS degree in paralegal studies, in addition to offering a competitive ABA-approved certificate program.

The 65-credit AAS can be completed entirely at SCC in as little as two years. It is comprised of 33 non-core credits in subjects like business math and psychology, and 32 credits of core paralegal classes. It is open to anyone who meets the school’s general admission requirements.

You also have the option of completing the non-core credits at Clark State Community College as part of its “start here, finish there” program. CSCC has campus locations in Springfield, Beavercreek, and Bellefontaine. You can take courses at these locations as well as online.

You would then complete your core paralegal courses at Sinclair Community College, all of which are campus-based. The AAS program culminates with a three-credit paralegal internship in the spring semester of your second year. You can enroll in both schools simultaneously and complete the AAS program in two years.

The 35-credit certificate program can be completed in as just 48 weeks. This is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in any field, making it perfect for career changers seeking to add a paralegal credential to their skills set. This program includes a three-credit paralegal internship that provides students with hands-on supervised experience in the legal field.

SCC offers classes from its campus locations in Dayton, Eaton, Englewood, Huber Heights, Mason, and Wright-Patterson AFB.

 

South University

AS in Paralegal Studies – Campus and online

  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

You can’t beat the convenience of this program. It is offered from Cleveland’s Warrensville Heights suburb as well as fully online. All you need to apply is a high school diploma or GED.

This program is 92 quarter credits and can be completed in two years. It culminates with a four-credit paralegal externship that provides you with hands-on experience performing real paralegal job duties.

 

Stark State College

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Legal Assisting – Campus

Certificate in Legal Assisting – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

SSC provides two high quality and affordable options designed for aspiring paralegals who have between one and two years to invest in their education. Both programs are open to anyone who has a high school diploma or GED.

The 62-credit AAB program can be completed in two years and includes a practicum that gives you real-life experience in the legal field. The 35-credit certificate program can be completed in one year. After earning the certificate, if you choose to continue studying you can apply your credits towards the AAB.

Classes are offered from SSC’s North Canton campus. Upon completion of either program you’ll be eligible to take the examination for optional national paralegal certification from NALS.

 

Stautzenberger College

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Online

Paralegal Studies Diploma – Online

  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

The convenience of these two paralegal programs could not be more accommodating. Both are offered through SC’s two campuses in Brecksville and Maumee, however all classes are taken online.

Anyone who meets SC’s general admission requirements can apply for the 10-month diploma program, which totals 62 quarter credits. This includes a six-credit 180-hour paralegal externship.

To be admitted to the AAS program you must have completed the diploma program or the equivalent 54 quarter credits in a paralegal concentration. Once admitted you will complete 53.5 quarter credits of classes over the course of seven months.

 

University of Akron

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The UA has partnered with The Center for Legal Studies to offer a range of online certificates in the field of legal studies. These certificates are considered UA-issued credentials.

Some courses may count for continuing professional education credits. These credits can be used for renewal of optional national paralegal certifications. Anyone can apply for these certificates. The two advanced certificates require you to first complete the Paralegal Certificate:

  • Paralegal Certificate – $1,289, non-credit, 14 weeks
  • Personal Injury for Paralegals – $729, non-credit, seven weeks
  • Software Essentials for the Law Office – $729, non-credit, seven weeks
  • Victim Advocacy Certificate – $645, non-credit, seven weeks
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate – $645, non-credit, seven weeks
  • Employment Law Certificate – $729, 45 credits, seven weeks
  • Intellectual Property Law for Engineers – $645, non-credit, seven weeks
  • Legal Investigation Certificate – $645, non-credit, seven weeks
  • Legal Nurse Consulting Training – $895, 42 credits, seven weeks
  • Legal Secretary Certificate – $645, non-credit, seven weeks
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing – $729, non-credit, seven weeks
  • Advanced Paralegal Certificate – $1,800, up to 27 credits, 14 weeks

 

University of Cincinnati

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

BS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Minor in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – All programs except the minor are ABA-approved
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Of all the schools in Ohio, this one provides some of the most ABA-approved options for paralegals from different backgrounds.

The two-year 63-credit AAB program and four-year 120-credit BS are open to anyone who meets the school’s general admission requirements. If you’re already admitted and enrolled in a bachelor’s program you can choose to add the 18-credit paralegal minor.

The 33-credit post-associate certificate can be completed in one year, as can the 33-credit post-bac certificate. Like their names imply, to be eligible for admission to these programs you already need to have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field. These programs are perfect for students who have already completed their education in a different field and want to return to school for a competitive paralegal credential.

All programs except the minor include a three-credit paralegal practicum that will give you hands-on experience in the legal field. All programs are campus-based.

The AAB and post-associate certificate are offered at UC’s Clermont and East campuses. The BS and minor are offered at UC’s Uptown Campus West. The post-bac certificate is offered at all three campuses.

 

University of Northwestern Ohio

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Legal Assisting – Campus and online

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

UNO makes our list because it offers an AAB program with convenient campus-based and online options that is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED.

The 108-credit program can be completed in six quarters. It culminates with a three-credit legal capstone project where you’ll have a chance to summarize and apply your newly acquired skills to real-world situations.

Classes are offered from UNO’s Lima campus as well as fully online.

 

University of Rio Grande – Rio Grande Community College

Applied Associate of Business (AAB) in Legal Office Assisting – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring this school because it has one of the best options for aspiring paralegals in the region, and is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED. Classes are offered from the school’s main campus in its namesake city in Southern Ohio.

This program is 65 credits and can be completed in four semesters. During your last semester in spring you’ll complete an office practicum that gives you supervised real-world experience in the legal field.

 

University of Toledo

AAS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

BS in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Certificate in Paralegal Studies (post-bac) – Campus

Nurse Paralegal Certificate (post-ADN, post-RN) – Campus

Minor in Legal Specialties – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, all programs except the minor
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

UT easily makes our list, offering no less than four ABA-approved programs and providing some of the best options for aspiring paralegals in the state.

The two-year AAS program is 60 credits, and you can transfer this directly to the BS program if you decide to continue your studies. The four-year BS program is 124 credits. Both programs include a 180-hour internship at a local law firm, government agency, or private business. To be admitted to either program means having completed four years of English in high school, four years of math, and three years of other core subjects. You also need a high school GPA of at least 2.7, a 21 on the ACT, or a 990 on the SAT.

The 21-credit legal specialties minor is the only program not approved by the ABA. It can be added to any four-year bachelor’s program as a minor.

The paralegal studies certificate is 30 credits and can be completed in two semesters. To apply to this program you must have a bachelor’s degree in any subject.

The nurse paralegal certificate can be completed in a fall-spring-summer semester lineup, with nine credits each in fall and spring, and a three-credit internship in the summer for a total of 21 credits. To apply to this program you need all of the following: an associate’s degree in nursing or higher, a valid RN license, and at least 2,000 hours of nursing experience.

All classes are offered from UT’s main campus in Toledo.

 

Ursuline College

BA in Legal Studies – Campus

Legal Studies Minor – Campus

Legal Studies Certificate (post-bac) – Campus

  • ABA-approved – Yes, the BA and Certificate programs are ABA-approved; the minor is not
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring this school because it has highly competitive ABA-approved options for paralegals in the greater Cleveland area – for women and men. Classes are offered from UC’s campus in Pepper Pike.

The 128-credit BA program can be completed in four years and includes 48 credits of core legal studies courses. As part of the BA program you can enroll in a special 3+3 program that results in a JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in a total of six years from your freshman year. Anyone who meets UC’s basic admissions requirements can apply to this program.

The certificate program is 36 credits and can be completed on a part-time basis in two years. Anyone with a bachelor’s degree in any program can apply to this program.

Both the BA and certificate programs include the option for a three-credit 120-hour legal internship.

The minor program is 18 credits and can be added to any four-year bachelor’s degree.

 

Zane State College

Associate of Applied Business (AAB) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

We’re featuring this program because it provides one of the best options for would-be paralegals in the southeast Ohio region.

This 63-credit program can be completed in two years. It culminates with a two-credit field experience segment where you’ll be supervised while putting into practice what you’ve learned in the classroom.

To apply to this program you need a high school diploma or equivalent. Classes are offered from the school’s main campus in Zanesville.

Graduates of this program are qualified to seek optional certification through a national paralegal organization.

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