Paralegal certification program

The Ohio State Bar Association offers a voluntary credentialing program for paralegals. Individuals meeting the OSBA definition of “paralegal,” meeting the eligibility requirements and passing a written examination will be designated as an “OSBA Certified Paralegal.” This credential, along with a logo provided for the purpose may be used by the paralegal to the extent permitted by the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Rules for the Government of the Bar and Rules of Professional Conduct.

OSBA Paralegal Certification provides a valuable credential for paralegals in Ohio through the use of objective standards which measure the training, knowledge, experience and skill of paralegals. It requires a commitment to excellence and will assist lawyers and law firms in identifying the highly qualified paralegal professionals.

Paralegal Certification Application and Examination Information

The 2015  paralegal certification applications will be available in January.


Click here to begin or make edits to your application.

(Note: You will need your OSBA member login to begin the application. If you are not a member of the OSBA or have forgotten your login information you can call our Member Service Center to get help with that information. The OSBA Member Service Center phone number is (800) 232-7124.)

OSBA Paralegal Certification is offered once annually. Applications for OSBA paralegal certification will be accepted January 2016 through March 31, 2016, here on the OSBA website. Eligibility information may be found below at Paralegal Certification Requirements.

Applications accepted: January through March 31
Examination: May 14, 2016

Update: OPEC Refresher Course 2016
2016 Paralegal Certificat ion Refresher Course 
2016 Dates: Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m., 

                       Sunday, April 10, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Capital University Law School
Room A-121
303 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215 

OPEC  Refresher Course for the OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam. For specific information, please contact Lisa M. Diem at (614) 236-6444 or

OPEC Refresher Course can be access with this link:  


Note: Attendance at any review or refresher course is not a requirement of OSBA paralegal certification. Likewise, attendance at the course is not a guarantee of success on the examination. Attendance of any review or refresher course is purely at the discretion of the applicant.

Click here for an OSBA CLE Calendar.

For more information on the Paralegal Certification program, contact Melissa Quick, manager of CLE Certification and Specialization at (800) 282-6556 ext. 4411 or by email at



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