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