BS Paralegal Grad: ‘An Investment in Yourself is The Best Thing You Can Do’

Ania Gonzalez

Paralegal Alumni, Ania Gonzalez

An investment in yourself is the best thing you can do, according to Ania Gonzalez, Globe University-Woodbury campus paralegal graduate. Before Ania graduated from Globe with her Bachelor of Science in Paralegal degree, she landed a job at the legal department at Great Clips as a compliance specialist.

Shortly after graduation, Ania sat for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and was offered acceptance to Mitchell Hamline School of Law  Fall 2016 and awarded a fifty-five percent (55 percent) scholarship based on her above average LSAT score and superior GPA.

Ania shares her experience at Globe University and how the legal education received not only  more than properly prepared her for the rigors of legal employment, but inspired her take her educational journey to the next level. Ania plans to become an attorney who will fight for justice and ensure equal protection under the law. Ania’s ultimate aspiration is to become a Judge one day.

 

How did your education at Globe help you get to where you are today? Alternative Dispute Resolution.

My education at Globe reaffirmed my career goals. I always wanted to be an attorney but one particular experience in my Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) class resonated with me. In ADR, we conducted simulated arbitrations, mediations  and participated in mock trial, where we prepared opening and closing statements, prepared direct testimony, cross-examined witnesses and entered exhibits into evidence. We even dressed up and conducted the exercise in a courtroom with a judge. That was one of the many experiences at Globe that allowed me to see the passion I have for the law and let me know I chose the right path.

Any words of advice you would give a potential student thinking about going back to school?

Do not  think about it, just do it. It never feels like the right time, we always find excuses, the sooner you start the sooner you will finish. An investment in yourself is the best thing you can do.

What was your favorite aspect of your education with Globe?

My favorite aspect was the small classroom size, it provided the opportunity to really get to know the instructors. The practical skills taught versus theory alone was especially helpful, as you cannot learn everything by reading, some things you must do, and that practical application is what the Globe legal program provided.

Why did you choose Globe to continue your education?

I chose Globe because of the flexible scheduling and smaller class size.

Have you implemented what you learned at Globe to your current role? If so, what and how?

I can think of something I do every day that I learned at Globe, a few of the biggest would be legal research, interpersonal relations and business communications.

Being able to find information and knowing how to talk to people are essential skills for a paralegal. They may sound basic but I talk to people every day that lack basic business etiquette.

Is Paralegal for you?

If you are fascinated by the law and ready to begin an exciting and challenging career, consider earning Globe University’s paralegal degree.

Paralegals play an important role in the legal system, assisting attorneys with tasks such as conducting legal research, interviewing clients and preparing documents for court.