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 paralegal certification applications will be available January through March.


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 through March 31st, here on the OSBA website. Eligibility information may be found below at Paralegal Certification Requirements.



Applications accepted: January through March 31
Examination: May 5, 2018

Update: OPEC Refresher Course 2018

2018 Paralegal Certification Refresher Course 
2018 Dates: TBD

(Please check back for 2018 dates)
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:  

The cost of the 2018 Refresher Course is $150, which includes (1) attendance at all core content and specialty sessions, (2) online access to course materials, and (3) refreshments throughout the course.  At least one week before the Refresher Course, we will email you a link to all materials that you may download and print.  If you would like us to provide you with a copy of the printed materials at the Refresher Course, we will do so for a $30 printing fee.  

The $150 fee is due at the time of registration or within 5 days of the 2018 Refresher Course.  You will not receive online access to the materials or be allowed to sit for the course if your registration fee is not timely paid to Capital University Law School.  If you want us to copy the materials for you, we must receive the $30 printing fee (payable by check to Capital University Law School) at or before the beginning of the course weekend. ​


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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