On Tour: Paralegal Students See, Learn, Reflect on Wisconsin State Law

Dane County Clerk of Courts, Wisconsin Law Library and Wisconsin Supreme Court are vital to the litigation process. Recently, students in the paralegal program at Globe University-Madison West got a behind-the-scenes tour at the very places where the law comes alive.

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Carlo Esqueda, Clerk of Circuit Court and Register in Probate guides students on a tour of the circuit court system.

First on the itinerary was the Dane County Clerk of Courts, where the students met with Carlo Esqueda, Clerk of Circuit Court and Register in Probate. Mr. Esqueda escorted the students through the Dane County Circuit Court building where they learned the process of preparing and filing trial documents. They also learned about the role the Clerk’s office plays in the system and how case files are handled.

Next, the students visited the Wisconsin Law Library to get a feel of where specific research is available. They also learned how to efficiently research case law and files by understanding where the library is and the availability to paralegals.

Finally, at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Attorney Jonah Horwitz, aid to Justice Michael J. Gableman, gave a tour of the courtroom. Students learned the role of the court system and gained an understanding of how appeals courts work and the types of cases they select to hear. They also learned about the history of the state’s highest court.

“I thought the field trip was awesome,” said Tammy De La Rosa, who is earning her paralegal degree. “I’ve never seen the back end of the circuit court so I thought it was very interesting that we don’t have to present ourselves as anybody when we go to file or get a record from the courts.”

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Take a seat. The class was given permission to sit in the Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices' chairs for a fun photo.

Paralegal student Marcus Schiel added, “I thought it was interesting how the Wisconsin State Supreme Court hears more cases than the United States Supreme Court even though the Wisconsin Supreme Court gets fewer cases. I thought the field trip was very informative; I loved every second of it.”

Student Melinda Gehin said, “One thing I thought was interesting was most of public records anybody can access, but there are some records, like the juvenile or guardianship records, that you have to be part of the parties in order to access.”

Marissa Albis, who is earning an associate paralegal degree, concluded, “This was actually my first time I’ve ever been in the Capitol and Supreme Court hearing room. It was pretty cool. It was an awesome field trip. I hope every litigation class gets to do this field trip.”

To check out more photos of their field trip, visit our campus Facebook page.