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LSU Paralegal Studies Program Announces Fall 2011 Certificate Recipients

12/16/2011 12:53 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Paralegal Studies Program recently released the names of 10 certificate recipients for its 2011 fall semester. Two students, Amy Dominguez of Ponchatoula, and Christopher LeBlanc of Baton Rouge, graduated from the program with honors and sustained a perfect grade point average.


“The quality of this program is demonstrated by its graduates,” said Douglas Weimer, executive director of LSU Continuing Education. “The Paralegal Studies certificate focuses on providing the essential skills to make students market-ready when they enter the paralegal field. We congratulate these students on their accomplishments.”


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 Louisiana.


“The instructors of the paralegal studies program are extremely knowledgeable lawyers or paralegals, experts in their field and are experienced in the classroom,” said Charlotte DesHotels, program manager for LSU Continuing Education. “The individuals who teach the program are dedicated to seeing that each student graduates and that he or she is prepared when entering the field of law.”


All classes for the LSU Paralegal Studies Program are held in Baton Rouge, with most of them on the LSU campus.


Students must complete eight academic courses, a 150-hour internship, a court day and a one-day legal ethics seminar in order to receive the Certificate of Completion. 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. 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 Jan. 23.


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.



Fall 2011 Paralegal Graduates

Anne M. Ayo, Baton Rouge

Amy D. Dominguez, Ponchatoula

Aubrey L. Gremillion, Baton Rouge

Paula V. Kramer, Prairieville

Christopher R. LeBlanc, Baton Rouge

LeeAnn Moss, Prairieville

Kathy M. Smith, Napoleonville

Donna L. Thompson, Baker

Trinh T. Tran, Baton Rouge

Christina M. Valdejo, Baton Rouge

LSU Media Relations