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.

Examination Date:  May 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ohio State Bar Association.


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.

OPEC  Refresher Course for the OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam

OPEC Refresher Course can be accessed with this link:  

The Paralegal Programs at Capital University Law School host an annual Refresher Course for those individuals taking the OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam.

The date of the 2019 Refresher Course is TBD. The Refresher Course will have sessions for all core content topics covered in the certification exam. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Refresher Course, its instructors, and the Paralegal Programs at Capital have no connection with the OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam or the examination process. The sessions provide only an overview of the core content topics as a refresher for those s​itting for the certification exam.  

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa M. Diem at

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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