Director's Note - Capital University Law School

Director's Note



      Lisa Diem 





    For over 40 years, the Paralegal Program at Capital University Law School has helped students and graduates realize more. 

    Today’s legal culture demands excellence and the ability to successfully keep up with change. And the paralegal profession is anything but stagnant. Laws, procedures, technology, client demands, law firm demands, corporate requirements, and governmental oversights – just to name a few – constantly are changing. And with these changes, the paralegal continues serving as a crucial member of the legal team. At Capital, we equip our students with the foundational and practical skills paralegals need to adapt to these changes and provide the best service to clients in a family business or Fortune 500 company, state or federal agency, or large or small law firm. 


    Our curriculum is rigorous. And the expectations are high for you to successfully complete the course requirements. We teach the fundamentals – contracts, torts, real property, business law, and probate. And we teach the practical – legal research and writing, civil litigation, law office management, eDiscovery, and legal technology. The faculty consists of leading attorneys and paralegals from the Columbus legal community. They are the experts.

    Career Potential

    The paralegal profession is growing at a significantly higher rate than other professions.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “[e]mployment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.” Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants (visited May 22, 2015).

    Capital is committed to finding the leading edge of employment growth for its students and graduates. The Paralegal Program encourages professional development from the outset of your educational experience. We provide the experience and the tools necessary for you to develop networking, résumé building, and interviewing skills, as well as preparing you to fulfill the ultimate goal of employment in the legal profession. The Paralegal Program closely works with the Law School’s Office of Professional Development, our Alumni base, PACO (Paralegal Organization of Central Ohio), and other groups and employers to maximize your opportunities to realize more.

    The Law School

    The Paralegal Program is uniquely situated at Capital University Law School – a fact that distinguishes us from most other ABA-approved paralegal programs. What does the Law School mean for you? It means opportunities for you to collaborate with law students and the legal community inside and outside the classroom. It provides you with access to a fully serviced Law Library. It gives you classroom experiences in a state-of-the-art law school facility that includes two mock trial courtrooms. It invites you to participate in programs, seminars, hearings and other events provided by the Law School throughout the year.

    I welcome you to visit Capital University Law School and meet with me to discuss how you can realize more through the Paralegal Program.

    Lisa M. Diem, J.D.
    Assistant Dean
    Graduate & Professional Law Programs