Paralegal Career Night PanelOn Thursday, April 16, over 80 guests attended Skyline College’s inaugural Paralegal/Legal Career Night.  The event, held on the second floor of Building 6, featured three discussion panels on legal employment and education: Pathways to Law School, Getting Started as a Paralegal, and Career Options for Paralegals.

The panelists—practicing lawyers and paralegals, legal recruiters, hiring managers, and legal educators—offered inspiring stories, key insights, and hard won professional advice, all with the goal of helping students achieve their goals of entering the legal profession.  The response from students in attendance was positive.

“The truth is that I’ve been questioning my decision in my career choice lately… Attending the career night and talking to one of the panelists help me to keep pushing myself.  So, I just wanted to say thank you!” ~Minh

“I feel much more comfortable with the opportunities that lie ahead … I felt encouraged in my interest in law, motivated by the smart words of so many professionals, and happy to see all of the program’s students gathered in one place together.” ~Bryan

This event was made possible by Skyline College’s support for innovative events and programming and by the hard work and dedication of Jesse Raskin, Soledad McCarthy, Alina Varona, Lavinia Zanassi, and Lezra Chenportillo, and others who helped plan, organize, and staff the event.

The event received generous support from The Career Center and The Center for Workforce Development’s Career Advancement Academy. To learn more about careers in the legal field and the Legal Careers Career Advancement Academy please visit: or email

Article by Alina Varona | Photos by Lezra Chenportillo and Alice Kuo