Ex-Viking Cook’s Trial Becomes Learning Experience

Posted by on March 22, 2012

Fox News footage picture of the beginning stages of Chris Cook's criminal trial.

Introduction to Paralegal Studies is a first quarter class for these students. The first quarter is critical for laying the groudwork for the duration of the program.

These students went on a field trip to a law firm earlier this quarter. This let them see what paralegals do on a daily basis and here about it from experts in the field. This time was different, they went to the courtroom.

Many of the students have never seen a courtroom and even fewer of them have been in a courtroom during a trial. Gabrielle Reule, the paralegal program chair at Minnesota School of Business Lakeville, arranged for the class to visit a trial. It was ex-Viking Chris Cook’s criminal trial.

There were many comments from the students about this field trip.

“I truly enjoyed the hands-on experience of sitting in on a high profile criminal trial. I liked being able to view what actually took place and see how the media views it.” – Sonya Larsen, student.

“It was one of the best field trips I have ever been on. It gave me a lot of knowledge on what actually happens and the process in the courtroom.” – Danielle Rae, student

“Field trips are a great way to show real-world, hands-on experience for students to learn and observe. The best part of this trial was that it involved Minnesota Vikings Player Chris Cook.” – Brad Karsten, student

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