Pursue a Fulfilling Career in the Legal Field

Are you seeking a dynamic career path with strong job growth and the opportunity to work in the legal profession?

If you have an eye for detail and want to work in an office setting, Lakeland's Paralegal Studies program could be perfect for you! Lawyers need paralegals, also called legal assistants, to help them provide legal services to clients.

Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), Lakeland's paralegal program provides you with the education to be eligible for the Ohio State Bar Association Paralegal Certification.

Our ABA-approved curriculum equips you with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the ever-evolving legal market.

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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.

Practice Skills for Real-World Success

Lakeland's program goes beyond theory. You'll gain hands-on experience in essential areas like:

  • Preparing legal documents
  • Conducting thorough legal research
  • Applying principles of legal ethics
  • Working as part of a cohesive legal team
A Versatile Skillset in High Demand

Paralegal opportunities extend far beyond traditional law firms. Graduates can find rewarding positions in a wide range of business and corporate settings, including:

  • Finance
  • Health care
  • Human resources
  • Real estate
  • Legal technology
Flexible Educational Options to Fit Your Needs

We understand that educational journeys come in all shapes and sizes. Lakeland offers two paths to prepare you for a successful paralegal career:

  • Associate of Applied Business in Paralegal Studies: Ideal for students pursuing their first college degree.
  • Paralegal Studies Certificate: Designed for individuals with existing college credentials seeking to retool or advance their careers.
Become a Valuable Asset in the Legal Industry

Lawyers rely on highly skilled paralegals to manage critical tasks and ensure smooth client interaction. Our graduates are prepared to excel in a wide variety of legal settings, including law offices and corporate legal departments.

Ready to Take the First Step?
  • Apply to Lakeland in a few easy steps!
  • Contact our program director to learn more about Lakeland's Paralegal Studies program and how it can empower you to launch a rewarding career in the legal field.
Learn more about Lakeland's Paralegal Program from our faculty and students in the videos below!


Tiffany Hansen The paralegal program helped me to gain a better understanding of the different areas of law, documents and legal principles within the various legal disciplines. I know the skills I've learned as a result will come in handy throughout my career. The staff teaching this program have excellent professional knowledge and teaching skills. I felt that being hands-on was the greatest learning experience. Tiffany Hansen Legal & investments administrator at Moreland Management Co.

Lori Kilpeck I earned an Associate of Applied Business Degree in Paralegal Studies from Lakeland, a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning from Cleveland State, and received my Juris doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. I am a partner and co-chair of the Trusts and Estate Practice Group at Brouse McDowell, LPA. Lakeland's Paralegal Studies program provided me with the foundation to be successful in law school and as an attorney. Lori Kilpeck Attorney at law, partner and co-chair of the Trusts and Estate Practice Group at Brouse McDowell, LPA

Kailey Papo In addition to my paralegal duties, I am the treatment intake coordinator, assist with expungements, and coordinate the specialty courts in Lake County such as the drug court, mental health court and veteran's court. The possibilities of tasks you can take on with a paralegal degree are immense. Lakeland's paralegal program as a whole prepped me for everything I needed to know before starting my career, from the basics of etiquette to critical thinking and the application of legal principles. Kailey Papo Paralegal at Lake County Public Defender's Office

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