Welcome to Lakeland Community College's department of paralegal studies. Our mission is to provide the student with a core of legal knowledge and critical thinking, organization, communication and interpersonal skills which will enhance the student's ability to function effectively in a legal environment.
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.
Lawyers need qualified legal assistants (paralegals) to help them provide legal services to clients. The paralegal can identify and manage documents critical to litigation, assist in the courtroom, perform computerized legal research, assist with mergers and acquisitions, draft wills and contracts, and interview clients and witnesses*.
The program provides you with the practical skills needed to enter the legal profession as a paralegal. Upon completion of the program, graduates should 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.
Engage in lifelong learning.
* 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!