LSU Paralegal Studies Program Celebrates Certificate Recipients


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LSU Continuing Education held a ceremony on Thursday, May 18, to recognize those who completed the LSU Paralegal Studies Program in 2017. Photo: LSU Continuing Edcuation

BATON ROUGE – A graduation ceremony was held Thursday, May 18, at the Lod Cook Hotel and Convention Center at LSU to recognize those who completed the LSU Paralegal Studies Program in 2017.

Barbara J. Alcon, judicial assistant to District Judge Shelly D. Dick, served as the guest speaker for the event. Alcon graduated from LSU in 1995, earning BA degrees in both English and political science. She returned to LSU to complete a paralegal certificate in 1997. She worked for a number of prestigious law firms in Baton Rouge, Houston and New Orleans before beginning her present position.

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 guidance and training the students receive throughout the LSU Paralegal Studies Program will prove invaluable in their work as legal professionals post-graduation,” said Andrea Ash, program manager for LSU Continuing Education. “I am confident that our students are prepared for success in the workplace.”

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

Participants 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 assistance with job placement is provided.

Barbara J. Alcon

Barbara J. Alcon, judicial assistant to District Judge Shelly D. Dick, delivers the keynote speech at the LSU Paralegal Studies Program ceremony. Photo: LSU Continuing Education

The majority of students in the LSU Paralegal Studies 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.

Spring 2017 Graduates:

  • Catherine Cooper, Baton Rouge, La.
  • James Joseph Duet, Covington, La.*
  • Charli Ann Evans, Livingston, La.
  • Randi Lynn Fischer, Manalapan, N.J.
  • Lexi Jordan Gibbs, Prairieville, La.
  • Tanya Katherine Green, Darrow, La.
  • Daronda Harris, Baton Rouge, La.*  
  • BarbaraAnn Holladay, Monroe, La.
  • Ezmee Whyte Hutton, Baton Rouge, La.*    
  • Julie Marie Ioppolo, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Christopher McNeil, St. Gabriel, La.
  • Angelle Lais Millet, Metairie, La.
  • Amy Lynn Montgomery, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Cherie Rainwater Neyland, Zachary, La.
  • Wilson Van Nguyen, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Olivia Elizabeth Ockmond, Denham Springs, La.*  
  • Alexandra Richardson, Port Allen, La.
  • Ethan Paul Shamburger, Prairieville, La.
  • Cameron Estes Warren, Mandeville, La.*

*denotes perfect grade point average in the program

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. Its mission is to help people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life, their organizations and their communities. Visit for more information.




Contact Andrea Ash
Program Coordinator, Paralegal Studies


Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations