We recognized Franklin Pierce University for offering one of Top Entry-Level, Pre-Degree Paralegal Certificate Programs, adding them to our list of top recommendations for students in the area.
We were excited to hear from Dr. Maria R. Altobello, Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University, who took the time to answer a few questions about how the school works to create a great student experience that helps prepare graduates for a career in the legal field.
Are you finding a lot of career changers in your program looking to get their start in the legal profession?
Maria: Yes, we are. We also see students pursuing a Criminal Justice or Human Services major who are also interested in completing the paralegal certificate to strengthen their resume.
Paralegals are really getting the respect they deserve these days, and taking on more and more responsibilities on the job. How is this changing the approach to educating new paralegals?
Maria: Students are really active in class discussions, and bring different perspectives to the table. Most of our students are adults who work and for this reason expect a robust and enriching experience without the need to complete busy work.
Does the program at your school include an internship and are faculty available to help students find one?
Maria: No, our program does not include an internship.
What are some of the things you love most about the paralegal program at your school – the kind of things you’d like future students to know about as they consider their options?
Maria: Our faculty bring a wealth of experience in the field both inside and outside the courtroom. Their reviews are among the top across disciplines.
Check out our full interview series here to see what other professors and faculty are saying about their paralegal programs.