On Thursday, April 27, over seventy students gathered for Skyline College’s second ever Legal Careers Night. The event featured three panels: Pathways to Law School, Getting Started as a Paralegal, and Life as a Paralegal, all aimed at informing current and former Paralegal students, students in the exploratory stage of their major, and those interested in pursuing Law School, about two key areas of the academic and career development process for the Legal field.
Throughout the evening, attendees had their resumes reviewed, networked with fellow students, legal professionals, and Legal HR representatives. After each panel, students connected with the panelists individually, asked questions, and gathered valuable information and insights for their current and future legal pathway. In total, the event hosted nearly 100 attendees.
The diverse panels included practicing lawyers and paralegals, legal recruiters, hiring managers, and legal educators. Each panelist graciously gave of their time, generously shared their personal stories with the audience, and ensured that our students experienced an engaging night. Panel moderators Lavinia Zanassi, Maria Segarra, and Jesse Raskin expertly facilitated these remarkable panels.
Legal Careers Night was made possible by Skyline College’s support for innovative work and by the hard work and dedication of the Legal Careers Night Planning team: Jesse Raskin, Maria Segarra, Michele Haggar, Jeremy Evangelista, and Alina Varona. A special thanks to the facilities team who did a great job setting up and tearing down the event, Roger Marcelo in Multimedia Services for ensuring excellent sound and lighting support, and MCPR for their marketing support.
The Career Advancement Academy connects students to higher wage careers and opportunities in higher education by integrating accelerated and contextualized English and math, career technical education, and integrated student support. Currently, the Career Advancement Academy has programs in Allied Health, Automotive Technology, Biotechnology, and Legal Careers with additional bridge programming at Baden High School and Goodwill Industries. For more information about the Career Advancement Academy or related programs, please contact Jeremy Evangelista, evangelistaJ@smccd.edu or visit http://www.skylinecollege.edu/caa/ .
Article and Photo by Alina Varona