Paralegal Schools in Ohio
This guide to paralegal schools in Ohio will equip you with key information so that you can make an informed decision on where to pursue a paralegal degree or certificate. The wide range of paralegal programs in Ohio provide options to fit with your interests and desired career track, from general paralegal programs to specialty programs emphasizing practice areas like corporate law or e-discovery. Online paralegal programs can be a flexible and suitable alternative for some students.
Paralegal Program Stats
- There are 57 colleges and universities that offer a paralegal/legal assistant degree program in Ohio.
- 16 schools offer a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.
- 54 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
- 7 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.
- 14 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs in Ohio.
- Highest graduation rate: Daymar College-Chillicothe 95%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate: Lakeland Community College 38%.1
- Highest net price per year: Daymar College Chillicothe $26,355.1
- Lowest net price per year: Sinclair Community College $3,687.1
- Highest student population: University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 33,329.1
- Lowest student population: Daymar College-Lancaster 93.1
- Annual tuition range for paralegal programs at community colleges and career schools in Ohio: $5,875-$23,390.2
- 3 schools in US News Best Law Schools Rankings of 2013 (top 100): Ohio State University #36, Case Western Reserve University #68, University of Cincinnati #80
Continue reading to find out more about paralegal schools in Ohio, popular paralegal programs, and more.
Paralegal Degree Programs in Ohio
Kent State University
Kent State University offers an American Bar Association (ABA) approved Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Paralegal Studies that combines a liberal arts foundation with specialized courses in law and legal studies. These specialty courses supplement the general education requirements and aim to equip students with a comprehensive, procedural knowledge of the legal system as well as foster vital critical thinking, analytical and communication skills. The large size of the university grants students scheduling flexibility as courses are offered during the day, evening, weekends and online and may be completed by both full-time and part-time students. Additionally, the university attracts a distinguished faculty many of whom are practicing attorneys and specialists within their fields. The program culminates in a mandatory internship during which students develop their ability to practically apply classroom knowledge to legal tasks, and begin critical networking within the field. Kent State University also offers a Minor in Paralegal Studies and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies.
Network, network, network! Sometimes it’s not “what” you know but “who” you know so it’s beyond important to get involved in your local, state and national paralegal organizations.” –Rebecca Lewis, MBA, MPA, Vice President of the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio and Paralegal Supervisor at the Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Office, Nationwide.
College of Mount St. Joseph
In Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joseph offers an established ABA-approved Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Paralegal Studies designed to quickly enable students to succeed in entry-level paralegal positions in law firms and other professional legal environments. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical legal information such as print and electronic legal research, professional writing and presentation skills, legal procedure and ethical business practices. An experienced faculty of practicing lawyers and paralegals provide the anchor of a comprehensive curriculum including legal research, corporate law, estates and probate, real estate law and legal principles. The associate degree requires a total of 30-course hours and 12 residency hours. Additionally, the College of Mount St. Joseph offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies for those interested in a more in-depth academic program. Both degrees are approved by the ABA and are excellent preparation for paralegal careers.
The University of Toledo
The University of Toledo offers several paralegal degree programs including a four-year bachelor’s degree and a post-baccalaureate certificate. The Paralegal Studies Program at UT has been recognized as one of the top paralegal programs in the nation by Legal Assistant Today magazine and designated a “Program of Excellence” by the Ohio Board of Regents. This program is the only paralegal program in the country to support its own state-of-the-art electronic courtroom. The McQuade Courtroom houses law courses across a variety of specialties, including Contracts, Mock Trial, and Tort Law, all of which are taught by lawyers and judges who are experts in their respective fields. The breadth of available courses offers students the opportunity to specialize in many areas, and the flexible course timetable aims to accommodate a variety of schedules. Additionally, an emphasis on legal technology prepares graduates for immediate entry into the legal workforce. The UT Paralegal Studies Program has been approved by the American Bar Association.
American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Programs in Ohio (Not-for-Profit)
- Capital University Law School (Columbus)
- College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati)
- Columbus State Community College (Columbus)
- Cuyahoga Community College (Parma)
- Edison Community College (Piqua)
- Kent State University (Kent)
- Lake Erie College (Painesville)
- Lakeland Community College (Kirtland)
- Rhodes State College (Lima)
- Sinclair Community College (Dayton)
- University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati)
- University of Cincinnati Clermont (Batavia)
- University of Toledo (Toledo)
- Ursuline College (Pepper Pike)
Cuyahoga Community College
2900 Community College Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115
Student Review: “Taking Cuyahoga County Community College’s post degree Paralegal Certification program was the best thing I’ve ever done. I’d worked in a law firm for eight years before I enrolled, and I learned more during at Cuyahoga Community College than I did on the job. We learned how to do everything from simple secretarial work to detailed legal research. I learned about civil procedure, government, administrative agencies, and business. During the program we created a portfolio filled with sample work, which I will use as I grow in my career. After receiving my certificate, I went on to better, more rewarding work in the law firm and I plan to one day work in government.” -Student at Cuyahoga Community College
Student Review: “My paralegal program was overseen by the American Bar Association and as a result I got a varied and practical, hands on education. I was already working in the field and wanted to advance my career. I found that the things I learned in my program were IMMEDIATELY relevant to my job. I developed a greater understanding of the legal field as a whole. I learned things such as hands on research, motion and brief writing, and why we file in the courts that we do. I learned to identify the elements of torts, and how to fill out and review a bankruptcy petition. The only thing I did not like about my program was the bureaucratic workings of the school itself. I was told at the onset that I could take most of my classes online or at a local campus, which turned out to be false. Most of the classes I needed were only at one campus, 40 minutes from home and a rush to get to after work. Additionally, some of the core classes were only offered at one or two times each semester, which meant that trying to figure out WHEN I would be able to take the class I needed to graduate while holding down a full time career was difficult. Because of this, it took me an extra year to finish my program as I could only take a class or two each semester.” -Student at Cuyahoga Community College
Student Review: “Cuyahoga Community College’s Paralegal program really prepared me for my job as a paralegal in a consumer rights law firm. Their program was overseen by the American Bar Association and because of this I was exposed to a wide variety of practices, which I am able to apply every day. I learned practical skills such as legal research and civil procedure, and softer skill such as dealing with attorney personality types. The most useful part of the program was learning how to organize my thinking. Prior to taking the program the concept of applying the law to something seemed confusing. The program taught me how to look at things objectively and order my thinking to apply the rules of civil procedure and also systematic research, to better my ability to sum up a new matter before bringing it to my attorney and also to write letters and briefs. I think this program was valuable as a real world tool, and not just as an area of academic study. It was also highly affordable, and worth every penny when compared to the salary I’m currently making in my career.” -Student at Cuyahoga Community College
Kent State University
800 E Summit St
Kent, OH 44240
Student Review: “The Kent State Paralegal Studies program was wonderful. The professors were all experienced attorneys, and they provided us with a practical education that covered all of the basics that I needed to start work. They gave great advice for me as a student and as a future paralegal, and I am still in touch with several of them as I continue my career. The thoroughness of the program gave me a wide range of legal knowledge, and this has been commented on in every interview I’ve had, and I know that it was a major factor in me receiving the job offer that I decided to accept. The online classes are the weakest aspect of the program. They are good for learning the material, but do not allow a student to build any kind of relationship with their professors.” -Student at Kent State University
Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Dr
Kirtland, OH 44094
Student Review: “The paralegal studies program at Lakeland Community College provided real-world experience to students. All the core courses were taught by practicing attorneys and judges who imparted upon us practical knowledge as well as comprehensive coverage of the underlying legal theory and history behind each field of law. The coursework and projects in each class involved preparing real pleadings, legal forms, and other documentation on the current forms in use in Lake County and local municipalities. I was a legal secretary at the time I was attending Lakeland for paralegal studies, and the coursework was directly relevant to my work at the law firm. While I did have difficulty in finding an internship, I can’t attribute that to Lakeland directly; local law firms in my area weren’t eager to take on interns (which is understandable); as such, the only lacking part of Lakeland’s program is internship placement and post-graduation job placement. The quality of instruction is top notch and the instructors care about the success of their students. The flexibility of class scheduling is beneficial to non-traditional students (evenings, weekends, accelerated coursework, online courses). I can’t recommend Lakeland’s paralegal program enough, it really trains students to jump right into the workforce.” -Student at Lakeland Community College
University of Cincinnati
2600 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Student Review: “The University of Cincinnati’s paralegal program is pretty nice so far (I am only a freshman right now). The curriculum isn’t too hard as long as you’re paying attention but I feel it’s still challenging enough to keep me interested and engaged. The professors are really nice and always welcome you to their weekly office hours if you are in need of help. My advisers really helped me to figure out what classes I need to take to stay on track to graduate as well as giving me advice for getting in contact with potential employers in the future. However I do wish the classes were more personal. I guess I am a freshman so a lot of my lectures are in big classes with lots of people and even though the professors are welcoming during office hours, there’s not a lot of face time in class.” -Student at University of Cincinnati
Student Review: “University of Cincinnati’s Paralegal Program is ranked within the Top Ten nationally for a reason. The emphasis upon cooperative education and particularly in this case, an internship that happened to be with the largest law firm in the United States was an immense opportunity. I can only say glowing things about the program and my experience. Professors are accessible and supportive. Furthermore, all learning is sequential, reasoned, and principled. Put another way, what I learned never felt haphazard or random or without purpose. There is a strong emphasis upon academic and legal writing and you need to hit the ground running. That emphasis upon rigorous writing assignments really translated into success for me. I have a job as a paralegal and if the teleological purpose of a paralegal program and its existence is to prepare individuals for careers as paralegals, then the University of Cincinnati succeeds. My only complaints are that parking is horrendous and it’s not in a good part of town. Overall, I am deeply satisfied and I feel that I invested my time and money wisely.” -Student at University of Cincinnati
University of Toledo
2801 W Bancroft St
Toledo, OH 43606
Student Review: “The University of Toledo paralegal studies program was a good experience for me. One key aspect that I liked most was the instructors. Most of the faculty had spent decades practicing law or were currently doing so. This made the course content very relevant and engaging. They were very accessible although they were practicing professionals and provided personal attention outside of the classroom. I was able to secure an internship at a firm through a contact that my instructor set me up with. In the classroom we had assignments that prepared me well for my internship and the real world!” -Student at University of Toledo
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?state=OH&sort=best