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Introduction. Ohio State Bar Association Paralegal Members Other States a paralegals Mandatory Voluntary Pending. Ohio State Bar Association. Provide guidance to employers and public. Provide professional stature for paralegals. Provide professional development opportunities.

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Introduction
Introduction

  • Ohio State Bar Association

    • Paralegal Members

  • Other States a paralegals

    • Mandatory

    • Voluntary

    • Pending


Ohio state bar association
Ohio State Bar Association

  • Provide guidance to employers and public.

  • Provide professional stature for paralegals.

  • Provide professional development opportunities.


So what do you do
So, what do you do?

  • analyze legal issues?

  • investigate and evaluate facts?

  • prepare legal pleadings, forms, contracts and memoranda?

  • interview clients?

  • assist in case management?

  • assist in all facets of trial work?


Definition
Definition

A paralegal who is qualified by education, training, or work experience and who is employed by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.


Jacobs and edwards llp
Jacobs and Edwards LLP

Bella Swann

OSBA Certified Paralegal

Law Offices

999 Eastwick, Suite 13

Columbus, OH 43333


Osba paralegal certification program
OSBA Paralegal Certification Program

  • Eligibility

  • Written Examination

  • Certification

  • Biennial Reports

  • Recertification

  • Appeals

  • Administration


Eligibility
Eligibility

  • Meet OSBA definition of paralegal

    A paralegal is qualified by education, training, or work experience and is employed by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.


Eligibility1
Eligibility

  • Meet education/eligibility requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree + paralegal program +

    one year experience, OR

  • Bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies + one year of experience OR

  • Completion ofassociate’s degree in paralegal program + five years of experience OR

  • High school diploma + seven years experience.


Eligibility2
Eligibility

3. Continuing legal education

Twelve hours in the three years preceding application

…at least two and half hours must be in ethics, professionalism and substance abuse.


Eligibility3
Eligibility

4. Three Professional References

At least two must be lawyers. Remaining may be a judge, magistrate, ALJ, hearing officer, educator or another attorney, etc.


Eligibility4
Eligibility

  • Written Examination

  • All multiple choice questions.

  • Closed book.

  • Three hours to complete.

  • OSBA offices in Columbus.

  • Approximately 100* total questions.

    * 80 questions general, 20 questions substantive Law


Substantive areas
Substantive Areas

  • Choose two:

  • Administrative Agency Law

  • Bankruptcy Law

  • Business and Commercial Law

  • Contracts Law

  • Creditor/ Debtor Rights Law

  • Criminal Law

  • Environmental Law

  • Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

  • Family Relations Law

  • Intellectual Property Law

  • Labor & Employment Law

  • Real Property Law

  • Torts and Personal Injury Law

  • Workers’ Compensation Law


Certification
Certification

  • Use of credential and use of logo

  • Four year period of certification

  • Biennial reports

  • Recertification

  • Appeals


Schedule
Schedule

  • Applications available: January

  • Deadline for applications: March 31

  • Written examination: May 14

  • Results expected: end of June

  • Certification effective: July 1


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