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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs


Capital University Law School, Columbus
Columbus State Community College, Columbus
Cuyahoga Community College, Parma
Edison Community College, Piqua
Kent State University, Kent
Lakeland Community College, Kirtland
Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati
National College (Dayton Area Campus), Kettering
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

Alphabetical List of Approved Programs
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Capital University Law School
Paralegal/Legal Nurse Consultant Program
303 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Director: Lisa M. Diem
Telephone: 614.236.6444
Fax: 614.236.6958

Type of Institution: Private
Degrees Offered: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: Part-time paralegal program-1 yr; summer paralegal program-3 months, LNC-10 months, LCP-8 months
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.law.capital.edu
Description: The Capital University Law School Paralegal/Legal Nurse Consultant Program is a post-baccalaureate certificate program. It is a paralegal program that is part of an ABA-accredited law school and is also endorsed by a major metro bar assocaition. The Paralegal Program is a one-year, post-baccalaureate certificate program. It is also offered in an intensive, full-time summer day format. In addition to offering the part-time paralegal program for 30 years, we now have a post-baccalaureate Legal Nurse Consultant Program, which includes a Life Care Planner track, that are offered in monthly modules bridged by interactive distance learning.

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Columbus State Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
550 East Spring Street
P.O. Box 1609
Columbus, OH 43216
Director: Thomas G. Shanahan
Telephone: 614.287.2623
Fax: 614.287.5363

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
For more information: www.cscc.edu

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Cuyahoga Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
11000 Pleasant Valley Road
Parma, OH 44130
Director: Candice Storey
Telephone: 216.987.5112
Fax: 216.987.5013

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science Degree, Post-Secondary Professional Certificate
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.tri-c.edu/paralegal
Description: Cuyahoga Community College initiated the Paralegal Studies Program in 1991. Designed in keeping with guidelines promulgated by the American Bar Association, the program was awarded ABA approval in 1994. Successful completion of the program results in an Associate Degree of Applied Business or a post-degree professional certificate in paralegal studies.

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Edison Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
1973 Edison Drive
Piqua, OH 45356
Director: Nancy P. Cooper
Telephone: 800-922-3722 ext. 7904
Fax: 937-778-1920

For more Information: www.edisonohio.edu
Degrees offered: Associate of Applied Business, Certificate

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Kent State University
Paralegal Studies Program
113 Bowman Hall
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242
Director: Amanda Paar Conroy
Telephone: 330.931.5015
Fax: 330.672.3720

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies, Baccalaureate degrees with Paralegal Studies minor, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program:
For the BA in Paralegal Studies: Total Major Hours: 48; Gen. Ed. Requirements: BA 53-55; Gen. Ed. Requirements: BS 44-46
For a minor in Paralegal Studies: Total Minor Hours: 30, Plus all Gen. Ed. Requirements for BA or BS
For the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: 30 Hours
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.kent.edu/sociology/paralegal/index.cfm
Description: Approved by the American Bar Association, Kent State University's Kent Campus offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies. Students also have the option to minor in Paralegal Studies in conjunction with a four-year baccalaureate degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science). Paralegal Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences and is conducted in the Department of Justice Studies. The programs combine a liberal arts/general education background with law related specialty courses to provide the graduate with communication skills, knowledge of the legal system, and practical hands-on-experience. The Paralegal Studies program at Kent State University is designed to educate prospective paralegals in all areas of law. The programs focus on developing the critical reasoning, analytical skills and legal knowledge essential to succeed in today's paralegal and law-related occupations.

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Lakeland Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, OH 44094
Director: Laura Barnard
Telephone: 440.525.7352
Fax: 440.525.7653
For more information: www.lakelandcc.edu

Type of Institution: Public, 2yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Business, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 semesters for certificate, 4 semesters for degree
Internships: Mandatory
Description: Lakeland's Paralegal program will provide you with the practical skills you need to enter the legal profession as a paralegal. Lawyers need qualified legal assistants (paralegals) to help them provide legal services to clients. The paralegal can identify and manage documents critical to litigation, assist in the courtroom, perform computerized legal research, assist with mergers and acquisitions, draft wills and contracts, and interview clients and witnesses.

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Mount St. Joseph University
Paralegal Studies Program
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233-1670
Director: Georgana Taggart
Telephone: 513.244.4952
Fax: 513.244.4941
For more information: www.msj.edu/view/academics/undergraduate-programs/paralegal-studies.aspx

Degrees Offered: Associate, Baccalaureate Degrees, Certificate Program

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National College (Dayton Area Campus)
Paralegal Studies Program
1837 Woodman Center Drive
Kettering, OH 45420
Director: Robert L. Scott
Telephone: (937) 299-9450
Fax: 937-643-1210
Type of Institution: Private; 2–yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program:
Internships: —
For more information: www.national-college.edu
Description: —

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Rhodes State College (formerly Lima Technical College)
Paralegal/Legal Assisting Program
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804
Director: Margaret I. Schuck
Telephone: 419.995.8404
Fax: 419.995.8097
For more information: www.rhodesstate.edu

Type of Institution: Public, Technical
Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: Associate program can be completed in 2 years if full-time. Certificate program can be completed in one year if full-time and hold bachelor degree or higher.
Internships: Mandatory
Description: The Rhodes State College paralegal program is designed to prepare individuals to work with attorneys in private, public, corporate, or administrative areas. The skills will also enable graduates to work in a variety of business and industrial settings such as corporate legal departments, human resource or personnel offices, banks, government agencies, insurance, real estate, community and nonprofit agencies. This is a practical, skill-based program. It also provides a well-rounded educational background for students wanting to continue beyond an Associate's degree.

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Sinclair Community College
Paralegal Program (PAR)
444 West Third Street
Room 5141
Dayton, OH 45402-1460
Director: Jenna L. Beck
Telephone: 937.512.2616
Fax: 937.512.2069

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 yrs
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.sinclair.edu/academics/bps/departments/par
Description: The Paralegal Program (formerly known as Legal Assisting Program) at Sinclair Community College began in 1978. In 1990, the program became the first ABA-approved program in the Dayton area. Our law professors are experienced attorneys who teach all substantive law courses, with graduate paralegals as team teachers. Day and evening classes are offered, with several available on the web. Through the use of hands-on activities and current legal software, students develop critical thinking and technology skills in a fictitious law environment.

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University of Cincinnati
University College
Paralegal Studies Program
600 Dyer Hall
P. O. Box 210389
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Director: Emma Wright
Telephone: 513.556.1731
Fax: 513.556.3303

Type of Institution: Public, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 1 yr-Post-Baccalaureate Cert; 4 yrs, bachelor
Internships: Mandatory
For more information:
Bachelor: https://webapps.uc.edu/DegreePrograms/Program.aspx?ProgramQuickFactsID=1878&ProgramOutlineID=817
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: https://webapps.uc.edu/DegreePrograms/Program.aspx?ProgramQuickFactsID1699&ProgramOutlineID=647
Description: UC offers 2 ABA-approved options for students seeking a paralegal degree. The program teaches skills including drafting legal documents, doing legal research, filing legal papers, and interviewing and gathering facts. The students study a wide range of legal topics in which they have an opportunity to learn through practical application. Classes are offered in the day and evening, and several courses are also offered in an online format. Students may attend full-time or part-time. Our placement services makes every effort to assist our students in finding employment.

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University of Cincinnati Clermont
Paralegal Technology Program
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Director: A. Page Beetem
Telephone: 513.558.7403
Fax: 513.732.5304
For more information: www.ucclermont.edu/paralegal

Type of Institution: Public, 2yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Business-Paralegal, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Internships: Mandatory
Description: Our program places an emphasis on learning legal technology. Several classes are taught in a computer lab using software typically used in a law office. The law professors are experienced attorneys often working in the area in which they teach. Our program is designed to meet the needs of working adults. You can attend while continuing your employment. Courses are offered in the morning, afternoon, evening and on weekends. Begin any quarter of the year and attend full-time or part-time. Already have a bachelor's degree? Check out our post-baccalaureate professional certificate; it can be completed in just 9-12 months.

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The University of Toledo
Scott Park Campus
Paralegal Studies Program
2801 West Bancroft Street
Toledo, OH 43606
Director: John J. Schlageter, III
Telephone: 419.530.7746
Fax: 419.530.7752

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr, 4yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Nurse Paralegal Certificate
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: https://www.utoledo.edu/csjhs/legal/
Description: UT's Paralegal Studies Program is an ABA-approved program in Northwest Ohio. Legal courses are taught in UT's state-of-the-art Mock Trial Courtroom. The program's Mock Trial Teams are ten-time national champions. An internship provides students with exceptional hands-on experience. Students can choose one of several avenues: an AS or BS in Paralegal Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, or a Nurse Paralegal Certificate. The Bachelor paralegal degree is an excellent pre-law track, providing guaranteed admission to UT's College of Law for graduates meeting certain criteria.

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Ursuline College
Legal Studies Program
2550 Lander Road
Pepper Pike, OH  44124
Telephone: 440.449.5403
Fax: 440.684.6128
Director:  Anne Murphy Brown, J.D.

Type of Institution: 4-year private college
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, Post-degree Certificate in Legal Studies
For more information: www.ursuline.edu/ucap/programs/legal_studies.html
Description: The ABA-approved Legal Studies Program at Ursuline College offers both a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Post-Degree Certificate in Legal Studies. Both programs are offered in an accelerated format whereby busy adults can take one course at a time, most for five weeks. Classes meet once a week, evenings or Saturdays. The goal of our program is to prepare the student personally and professionally for a career as a paralegal. The curriculum includes specific attention to knowledge of state and federal law, ethical considerations, legally-specific technology, legal research, oral and written communication and professional projects in various legal practice areas. The Legal Studies program fosters critical thinking, effective communication and confidence to apply classroom knowledge to professional challenges.

Updated: 2/7/2017

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