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Blinn College Legal Assistant Program invites prospective students to learn about variety of legal careers

Program graduates are qualified for careers in law firms, courts, government, insurance, and administrative agencies

March 23, 2018

Blinn College invites students considering a legal career to learn more about its Legal Assistant Program at two upcoming information sessions.

The Legal Assistant Program will host its first information session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Blinn College-Bryan Campus Student Center Room F-244. The second session will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, in the computer lab located inside the Blinn-Bryan Library (map).

Program Coordinator Robert Stanberry will lead the sessions, describing the program, its degree and certificate offerings, and offer prospective students the opportunity to ask questions.

Legal assistants, or paralegals, serve as attorneys’ top assistants in the delivery of legal services, performing duties that include attending trials, assisting in testimony preparation, locating and interviewing witnesses, conducting client interviews, and conducting investigations and research. Their role is expanding as companies look to hire employees with a broad understanding of legal matters. Job opportunities abound in private law firms, courts, government, insurance companies, administrative agencies, and corporations.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for legal assistants is expected to increase 15 percent between 2016 and 2026, creating more than 41,800 new jobs in the field. Legal assistants earn a median pay of $49,500 per year, or $23.80 per hour.

“The legal profession is an exciting and essential profession,” said Stanberry. “Blinn’s Legal Assistant Program offers students the opportunity to learn and understand the justice system, which will help them in a variety of professional endeavors.”

With traditional classroom and online tracks available, Blinn equips students for a variety of law careers with an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree or a Legal Office Certificate. Courses are taught by a faculty comprised entirely of lawyers and judges whose classes are structured to promote quality student-faculty interaction. Students completing the AAS degree are eligible to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) certification exam, and majors in the program join the Legal Assistant Student Organization.

“Blinn’s Legal Assistant Program is a perfect fit for non-traditional students like me,” said Janet Divin, a program alumna and legal assistant at a College Station personal injury law firm. “It offered the flexibility for me to work full-time, go to school, and spend time with my family. I never felt overwhelmed and really enjoyed coming to class each day.”

In addition to preparing students for careers, Blinn’s Paralegal Program provides a strong foundation of legal knowledge for students who choose to continue their education via law school.

For more information about the program, visit www.blinn.edu/twe/legal.