Lawyers need paralegals, also called legal assistants, to help them provide legal services to clients. Paralegals can assist in the courtroom, perform legal research, assist with mergers and acquisitions, draft wills and contracts, interview clients and witnesses, and identify and manage documents critical to litigation*.

A degree or certificate in paralegal studies from Lakeland provides you with the practical skills needed to enter the legal profession as a paralegal.​ Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Enter the legal profession as a paralegal.
  • Prepare legal documents.
  • Perform legal research.
  • Apply principles of legal ethics.
  • Work as a member of a legal team.

Approved by the American Bar Association, Lakeland's paralegal program provides you with the educational credential you need to be eligible for the Ohio State Bar Association Paralegal Certification. Classes are offered at convenient times to fit your schedule. Some classes are offered online.

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*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. Ohio prohibits the practice of law by non-lawyers.

Learn more about Lakeland's Paralegal Program from our faculty and students in the videos below!




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