"I believe the high quality classes were instrumental to provide me with the tools to succeed in corporate and litigation matters."

“Strong Foundation” at Loyola

Why Loyola?

I was interested in the legal profession and I also wanted to see what it was like to work in a large law firm here in Chicago. I compared the paralegal programs available in Chicago and felt that Loyola’s program had the most to offer due to the program’s reputation and especially the opportunity to participate in an internship. 

Did you have any prior legal experience?

No. I worked in the banking industry part time while in undergrad. I felt the internship would help me gain invaluable experience as well as offer me an opportunity to work in a law firm and witness the environment firsthand. 

How did your paralegal internship impact your career? 

My internship has had the greatest impact on my career.  I worked with some great paralegals and established some great networking contacts. When my internship concluded, the firm was unable to offer me a position, but one of the paralegals I interned with was a former paralegal at Kirkland and Ellis LLP. She made one call to a former colleague and the rest is history. 

How has the curriculum prepared you for your career? 

I felt the classwork covered a broad range of subject matter, which helped me succeed in any area of law. I concentrated on corporate law at Loyola, but I started as a litigation paralegal with the intellectual property group when I joined Kirkland after graduation. After a number of trials, I felt that I really wanted to return to my original interest in corporate law.  Fortunately I was able to transfer from IP litigation to the corporate group at Kirkland. For the last six years, I have worked in the Private Equity Funds Group at Kirkland and Ellis LLP. I am the most senior member of my team and supervise a small team of paralegals. I am involved in the interview process for paralegals in my group and also for general corporate support.

I believe the high quality classes were instrumental to provide me with the tools to succeed in corporate and litigation matters.  My internship was a vital part of my paralegal education and allowed me to gain vital experience as well as offer me the chance to network.  My story is a testament to the importance of networking and a strong foundation which started in the classroom.