I just finished the very last class in my effort to obtain the degree in paralegal studies that I’ve been pursuing for the past three years. This class was the Legal Studies Capstone which served as a review of the entire paralegal studies program. Each week, we would review areas of the law from contracts to real estate, family law to torts, civil and criminal law, trusts and estates, etc.
During this 11-week review, I was reminded of the professors who taught each course. Some of these professors were outstanding teachers, and others — not so much. Some professors piled on the homework, and others were simply winging their way through the course.
Fortunately, the professor who taught this capstone was excellent. Each week, as we worked through an area of law, I was tasked with creating documents that would become part of my portfolio of legal documents from which to draw once I became a paralegal. My portfolio now consists of demand letters, case briefs, powers of attorney, a last will and testament, a living will, summons and complaints, motions, worksheets to calculate child support, bankruptcy forms, apartment leases, warranty deeds — the list goes on and on.
Thankfully, my capstone professor took the time to make suggestions and additions to the portfolio assignments so that they were the best documents I could work from once I was a paralegal working in the field. I thanked him several times during the course of the class for his comments and how much his enthusiasm for teaching meant to me. I can only hope he understood that his hard work was appreciated!
As I wrap up this chapter of my life, and think of the ways that my new degree will affect my future plans, I want to thank my readers for taking this journey with me. Your support is appreciated too!