Students in Legal Writing II with Kofi Montzka, paralegal program chair at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine, had the pleasure of welcoming a special guest speaker to their classroom. Nicole Piette, paralegal program graduate, came back to MSB-Blaine to share her experience with the current students and discuss the importance of legal writing in the paralegal field.
Nicole secured a job at a general practice law firm in Blaine, after graduating less than a year ago, which happens to be the same law firm at which she completed her internship. She is the first intern they have ever hired. Nicole works in criminal and family law and her position requires her to do a great deal of legal writing. She said that what she enjoys most about her job is working with the other people in her firm and with the clients.
In legal writing classes, students learn to prepare documents they will prepare in the field: correspondence, intra-office memoranda, motions to the court, appellate briefs, wills, contracts, deeds and blogs for firms. When speaking with the current paralegal students, Nicole explained how using templates can be very helpful in creating many of these documents. Nicole also shared redacted documents she had prepared at work for the students to review.
“Even though I have many guest speakers in my classes, I thought it was really important to have one in this class. I wanted to have a former student speak because it is important for current students to see that students from MSB can get good jobs and that the skills they learn at MSB will prepare them for the work place,” said Kofi Montzka, paralegal program chair at MSB-Blaine.
Danica Halvorson, paralegal student at MSB-Blaine, had this to say about the experience, “It was nice that Nicole was able to give us information about what types of documents she drafts. Everything is either saved or already has a format, which saves time. I liked that Nicole brought in samples of motions she drafts.”