PARALEGAL STUDENT SUCCESS STORY: Crystal Galicia

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Alvin_Crystal-GaliciaCrystal Galicia knew she wanted a profession in the law. “The legal field has always had my attention,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to be in the courthouse.”

Galicia enrolled in the ACC Paralegal Associate Degree program in 2012 and graduated in 2014.

Now she’s working as a paralegal for the Brazoria County District Attorney’s Office. She spends her days where she most wanted to be, in the courthouse.

“She is a dedicated and committed professional who is always willing to take on new challenges,” said Dr. Karen Barnett, ACC Legal and Public Services department chair. “She is a credit to the Paralegal profession and I am proud to know she is a graduate of our program.”

Paralegals provide vital assistance to attorneys and others who work in the legal profession. The program educates students regarding legal terminology, research and investigation, document drafting, litigation, immigration laws and computer and organizational skills. Paralegal graduates can find employment in areas of litigation, personal injury, corporate, criminal, and family law practices.

“Their work supports lawyers by helping them to manage caseloads,” Barnett said. “They perform such tasks as assisting clients, conducting research, drafting documents, preparing for mediations and trial and conducting many other tasks that help the law office operate effectively and efficiently.”

Galicia said she hopes to further her career in the law. “Being a paralegal will give me an advantage when I go to law school,” she said.

There are online and classroom instruction options available for the paralegal program.

The median salary for a paralegal is $46,990 per year. Jobs in the field are expected to increase 17 percent by 2022.

For more information, call 281-756-3642 or email Paralegal@alvincollege.edu

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