LSU Paralegal Studies Program Celebrates Certificate Recipients

Paralegal Studies 2018 graduates05/23/2018
BATON ROUGE – A graduation ceremony was held Thursday, May 17, at the Lod Cook Hotel and Convention Center at LSU, to recognize those who completed the LSU Paralegal Studies Program in 2018.

Linda Law Clark, president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, served as the guest speaker for the event. Clark graduated from Wells College in 1972, earning a BA in psychology, and her JD in 1993 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she was on Louisiana Law Review and Order of the Coif. She is currently a partner in the law firm of DeCuir, Clark & Adams LLP.

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 careers as legal professionals post-graduation,” said Andrea Ash, program coordinator 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 at LSU.

Participants complete eight academic courses, a 150-hour internship, a court day and an online 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.

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 2018 Graduates:

  • Sara BreAnne Duffy, Leesville, La.
  • Abigail Jean-Marie Gaudin*, Prairieville, La.
  • Jamie Lynn Gibson, Walker, La.
  • Monica Lemoine Guidroz, Glynn, La.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Mackay*, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Stephanie Michelle Matt, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Lindsay William McDougall*, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Ericka Moses, Angie, La.
  • Lynne Ursula Piacun, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Michelle Resweber, Scott, La.
  • Jessica Lee Shultz, Savannah, Mo.
  • Kelly Beth Speck*, Houston, Texas
  • Jonathan Patrick Thompson, New Orleans, La.
  • Emma Frances Todd*, Franklin, La.
  • Kaitlin Rebecca Waddill, Baton Rouge, La.
    *denotes a perfect overall grade point average

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.





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Program Coordinator, Paralegal Studies


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LSU Media Relations