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LSU Paralegal Studies Program Announces 17 Spring Graduates

06/08/2011 02:57 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Paralegal Studies Program recently awarded certificates of completion to 18 students for the 2011 spring semester.


Graduates of the 2011 LSU Paralegal Studies Program spring class who maintained a 4.0 grade point average include Blaire E. Belsome, David R. Cole, Stacey A. Emick Howell, Tranesia D. Joseph, Shannon K. Thomas and Megan L. Wharton.


“It is terrific to see the large number of graduates who completed the paralegal studies certificate program,” said Doug Weimer, executive director of LSU Continuing Education. “This program focuses on providing students the essential skills needed to be effective in the legal field immediately after graduation. Congratulations to this semester’s class.”


The LSU Paralegal Studies Program began in 1982 and is a college-level, non-credit program for non-traditional students leading to a Certificate of Paralegal Studies. The program obtained approval by the American Bar Association in August 1993 and is the only ABA-approved, non-credit, certificate of paralegal studies in Louisiana.


“The instructors of the paralegal studies program are extremely knowledgeable lawyers, judges or paralegals who have extensive experience in the classroom,” said Charlotte DesHotels, program manager of LSU Continuing Education. “The individuals who teach in the program are dedicated to seeing that each student graduates and has the tools to succeed.”


The program can be completed in one year as a full-time student or take up to two and a half years as a part-time student. Classes for the LSU Paralegal Studies Program are held on LSU’s campus. Most classes are held in the evening and job placement is provided.


The majority of students in the LSU paralegal program have already earned a bachelor's degree, and it is recommended that students complete their bachelor's degree before earning a paralegal certificate. However, students will be considered for admission without a bachelor's degree, if they meet certain requirements.


The next semester of the LSU Paralegal Studies Program will begin August 22.


For more information on the LSU Paralegal Studies Program, contact DesHotels at 225-578-6760 or


The LSU Paralegal Studies Program is held through LSU Continuing Education. LSU Continuing Education acts as a leading university provider of educational outreach and engagement to help people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life, their organizations, and their communities. Visit for more information.



Spring 2011 LSU Paralegal Studies Graduates



Blaire E. Belsome
Lafayette, La.


Kendall P. Bracey
Lakeland, La.


Megan K. Buck
Harvey, La.


Ashley M. Clark
Baton Rouge, La.


David R. Cole
Baton Rouge, La.


John P. Egan
Baton Rouge, La.


Stacey A. Emick Howell
Baton Rouge, La.


Tranesia D. Joseph
Lakeland, La.


Kyle A. Kellgren
Prairieville, La.


Luke J. Lavergne
Baton Rouge, La.


Natalie S. Livingston
Baton Rouge, La.


Ashley E. Schiavi
Metairie, La.


Jennifer M. Schneider
Prairieville, La.


Elizabeth B. Shackelford
Baton Rouge, La.


Gina H. Strong
Denham Springs, La.


Shannon K. Thomas
Baton Rouge, La.


Megan L. Wharton
Baton Rouge, La.


Jessica Castrogiovanni
Baton Rouge, La.

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