One of the struggles as a student is motivation. When you look to getting an education, it is a two or four year commitment. That is a long time to keep your head in the game.
The students of the Introduction to Paralegal Studies got a great preview to the legal field. They took a field trip to LeVander, Gillen, & Miller, P.A. in St. Paul. This law firm started in 1929 and is still going strong. Many of their lawyers are named repeatedly in publications such as Law & Politics Magazine.
Two of their paralegals, Amanda and Jennifer, are graduates of the Minnesota School of Business paralegal studies program. They gave the students the real scoop about their job and how rewarding it is.
The students came to the field trip with lists of questions to ask. The most popular questions entailed what do they like about the job, what do they not like about the job, and what types of work duties they perform from day to day.
Amanda and Jennifer both really love the profession they have chosen. They did not have anything specific to say about what they did not enjoy about it. Since they both work for different attorneys throughout the day, the amount and types of work varies each day.
Gabrielle Reule, Paralegal program chair, stated “The field trip to LeVander, Gillen, and Miller, P.A., provided an invaluable experience for my Introduction to Paralegal Studies students. They were given an opportunity to meet with two paralegals and find out first hand what the types of tasks and responsibilities they can expect to be given. Several of my students had never been inside of a law firm, so the law firm tour was eye-opening as well.”