We recognized Montana State University Billings 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 John Walsh, faculty member at Montana State University Billings, 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?
John: Yes. We offer an affordable certificate program that is accessed by individuals looking for a career change and entry into an office “white collar” environment.
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?
John: This factor has like resulted in the increased interest in our Paralegal program that I am seeing.
Does the program at your school include an internship and are faculty available to help students find one?
John: MSUB program does not include an internship or MSUB faculty assistance. The program is delivered by the Center for Legal Studies.
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?
John: The program offers a participant with a specific skill/knowledge that can lead to employment in the community where they live. The accessibility and affordability of the program also makes it a viable option for underemployed or disadvantage individuals.
Check out our full interview series here to see what other professors and faculty are saying about their paralegal programs.