Keelan Conley went to college right after high school, but his focus wasn’t on academics. He wanted to play baseball. After he hurt his arm, college wasn’t where his heart was. He ended up running a ceramic tile business with his father and coaching baseball. When the economic downturn hit, he knew he needed to find a new career.
Keelan looked at his strengths and what he liked to do. He could write well. He could multi task. He liked to research. All those skills are important paralegal skills. He entered the online paralegal program and is using those skills while practicing paralegal tasks like drafting legal pleadings, researching legal issues and writing legal memorandums. His Legal Writing instructor Cathy Kennedy nominated him for his excellent writing and ability to put all the pieces together.
Keelan has a bright future ahead of him. He hopes to graduate with his Bachelor of Science in Paralegal at the end of Fall 2013. He wants to get some legal experience even before his internship and hopes to volunteer for a law firm soon. Someday he hopes to be a paralegal manager because he has good people skills or working with athletes as a sports agent.
Even though he didn’t start out on the road to be a paralegal right out of high school, Keelan hopes to use his experience as a business owner and his abilities to find his future job as a paralegal.
Good luck Keelan. No matter where you end up, you have the skills to succeed.