Students enrolled in the paralegal program at Columbus Technical College were treated to a special trip on Tuesday as part of their real world learning experience. Fourteen students, the program manager, and an adjunct instructor traveled to the Georgia Supreme Court in Atlanta where they toured the hallowed grounds of justice and presented oral arguments as part of a mock trial. The students even spent quality time with Justice Harris Hines and watched a video on the court and its role.
Paralegal program manager, April Hopson, said the mock trial is a rare opportunity for students to witness what actually occurs in the courtroom.
“It is our mission to provide each student with as many real life law and courtroom experiences as possible,” Hopson said. “We care about each of our students and want to give them every chance at being successful in the legal world.”
Following the Supreme Court visit, the group toured one of the most prestigious law firms in Atlanta – Arnall, Golden and Gregory, LLP. The huge firm has more than 100 attorneys that specialize in more than 50 types of business law. The firm also has an office in Washington, D.C.
Another highlight of their day was a tour of the Georgia State Capital, the legislative chambers, and a meet-n-great/photo opp with Governor Nathan Deal.
The paralegal profession has been named a “hot career” in dozens of studies. Paralegals are in demand and the average starting salary with an associate degree is around $35,000 per year. (source: www.ehow.com)