The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Getting ready for a paralegal career starts the first day a new student enters a paralegal program, whether it be on-campus, online or a combination of both. Some of the most important contacts a student will make are at school, including instructors, career counselors and advisers. In a story reported by Amarillo College’s newspaper, paralegal studies major Esmerelda Pando has benefited greatly from working closely with her adviser and instructor, Bruce Mosely.
By keeping in touch through e-mail and phone, they orchestrate her curriculum and schedule it to fit her life. “
He’ll tell me, ‘Hey, this is what we need to do, and if it doesn’t work, we’ll figure it out,'” Pando said.
Moseley also secured an internship for Pando at the district attorney’s office.
Start building those crucial academic relationships from Day One:
- Get to know your instructors, advisers, career placement counselors and other faculty and staff.
- Always interact civilly and courteously with them, even if you are having a disagreement.
- Establish a reputation for an excellent work ethic, reliability and professionalism through class participation, completion of assigned work and interaction with your fellow students.
- Ask them for guidance and advice; that’s what they are there for.
Your academic contacts may also be your first references for employment, so conduct yourself accordingly at all times, the same as you would at a real job.
Grammar tip (and non sequitur): I wrestled over “advisor” vs. “adviser”, but both spellings are correct and interchangeable, according to my go-to Grammar Girl.