Kimberly Smith, a paralegal at Buffalo Wild Wings, came to speak to Kofi Montzka’s Contracts class at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine. Smith told the paralegal degree students what it is like to work in a corporation and about the many opportunities for paralegals in corporations. She said that paralegals can work in human resources, compliance and real estate.
Once a paralegal is in a corporation there are opportunities to work in the different departments. Smith works with an attorney doing commercial real estate transactions. She does the legal work to build Buffalo Wild Wings stores in the United States and in Canada. She told the students that they will learn so much doing legal work because she has to know about contract law, real estate, and the underlying basis for the contract. For example, when working on contracts she must know about beer, wings, and sauces.
With this guest speaker, Montzka’s goal was to expose the students to different places paralegals can work, besides law firms. This is often called non-traditional legal work. Paralegals not only work for firms, they work for insurance companies, banks, corporations, nonprofits, and the federal and state government, or for title agencies.
Smith is a very inspirational speaker. Although some think working with contracts is boring, Smith brings life to them. She explains what she does with such passion that after she speaks, students want to work in a corporation with contracts more than in a firm, which most people think is more exciting.
Smith has spoken to Minnesota School of Business students on a number of occasions. We are very thankful for our community partners, as they take time out of their busy schedules and personal lives to enrich our students’ education.