Bachelor of Paralegal Students Become Attorneys for a Day

Globe University-Woodbury students in the paralegal program travel to Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn., to argue cases in a mock trial. Student “attorneys” Israel Coleman, Jessica Woehrle, William Gilbertson, Ania Penia, and Dymond Fields represented “clients” in civil cases as a final project for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) class at Globe University. Each student made opening statements, conducted direct and cross examinations, asked rebuttal questions and made closing arguments in a hypothetical case involving the sale of a vintage collector Porsche.

“The mock trial was a great experience,” said paralegal student, Jessica Woehrle. “I learned a lot about trials and the court system. It was a lot of work to prepare for it, but in the end it was exciting to see the hard work in action.”

Kristen C. Bullock, divorce, family and criminal attorney acted as the judge, while ADR instructor and professional mediator Barbara Leiran acted as bailiff. The trial was the culmination of the study of arbitration, mediation, collaborative law as well as other forms of ADR.

“This was a challenging experience that reaffirmed my career goals to become an attorney,” said paralegal student, Ania Penia. “I loved every minute of it.”

Click here for more information about the paralegal program at Globe University.