LSU Paralegal Studies Program Announces Certificate Recipients for Fall 2016 Class

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Paralegal Studies Program recently released the names of eight certificate recipients for its 2016 fall semester.

Ann Elizabeth Williams 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 provides the only ABA-approved, non-credit, certificate of paralegal studies in Louisiana.

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

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

Students complete eight academic courses, a 150-hour internship, Court Day and a one-day legal ethics seminar to receive a 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 courses 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 are considered for admission without a bachelor’s degree, if they meet certain requirements.

The next semester of the LSU Paralegal Studies Program begins Jan. 17.

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

The LSU Paralegal Studies Program is a program of LSU Continuing Education. LSU Continuing Education is 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.

December 2016 Paralegal Graduates:

Michael S. Babin
Baton Rouge, La.

Diana S. Barkate
Baton Rouge, La.

Haley Denise Contine
Jackson, La.

Kaylee Marie Flicker
Laplace, La.

Mary Margaret Nabers
Baton Rouge, La.

Shania Ren
Baton Rouge, La.

Mary Elizabeth Utz
Baton Rouge, La.

Ann Elizabeth Williams
Baton Rouge, La.




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