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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.

The OSBA recognized 25 paralegals who met the requirements necessary to earn the designation of “OSBA Certified Paralegal” on July 2, 2013, at OSBA Headquarters. Click here for a full recap.

Paralegal Certification Application and Examination Information

The 2014 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 number is (800) 232-7124.)

OSBA Paralegal Certification is offered once annually. Applications for OSBA paralegal certification will be accepted January 2014 through March 31, 2014, online here on the OSBA website. Eligibility information may be found below at Paralegal Certification Requirements.

Applications accepted: January through March 31
Examination: May 10, 2014

Update: OPEC Refresher Course 2015
2015 Paralegal Certification Refresher Course 
2015 Dates: TBD
(The start and end times for the refresher course TBD.)
Capital University Law School
Room A-121
303 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215 

To register for the Refresher Course, check back in 2015.

OPEC will be again offering its Refresher Course for the OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam. The cost of the course is $100, which includes the study outline, individual session handouts, mandatory topic sessions and all the specialty sessions. For specific information, please contact Donna Schoebel at (614) 236-6886 or

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 Chris Roudez, Committee, Section & Certification Coordinator at (800) 282-6556 ext 4469 or by e-mail at OR Melissa Quick, Manager of Committee, Section and Certification Services at (800) 282-6556 ext. 4411 or by e-mail at​​​​​​​​​

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