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LSU Paralegal Studies Program Announces Spring 2012 Graduates

05/23/2012 12:52 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Paralegal Studies Program recently released the names of 19 certificate recipients for its 2012 spring semester. Four students, Renee Simon Grissom, Katrina Redmond Gwin, Jocelyn W. Heilman, Renee L. Reed and Karen L. Quebedeaux 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 of 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.”


Students must complete eight academic courses, a 150-hour internship, 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 Aug. 20.


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


The LSU Paralegal Studies Program is a program of 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.


The 2012 graduates are listed below, with their hometowns:


Andrew T. Adams
Gonzales, La         


Laura Diane Abshire
Baton Rouge, La


Lauren Renee Devillier
Lake Charles, La


Kelli Lynne Gravois
Lutcher, La


Renee Simon Grissom
Baton Rouge, La


Melinda A. Guillen
Austin, Texas


Katrina Redmond Gwin
Baton Rouge, La


Jocelyn W. Heilman
Prairieville, La


Mandy B. Jones
Denham Springs, La


Jenna M. Landry
Plaquemine, La


Lauren M. Lore
New Orleans, La


Alison D. Paz
Baton Rouge, La


Caitlin Periou
Covington, La


Lauren Marie Porto
Port Allen, La


Karen Leah Quebedeaux
Addis, La


Renee L. Reed
Prairieville, La


Dawn A. Saucier
Mandeville, La


Crystal Ann Shanklin
Denham Springs, La


Kristen Alayn Soniat
Brusly, La


Sunny Lee Yarbrough
Plaquemine, La

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