When Cali Selig decided to return to school, she chose the law and the law won.
"I've always been fascinated with the law," she said. "When I decided to return to school a number of years after not completing my undergraduate degree the first time around, I wanted to go into something related to the law because I knew I needed to study something about which I was passionate and something I could commit to. The intricacies of the application of law and its importance to everyday life made me want to pursue an education in legal studies."
Cali said she chose JCCC because of its accessibility, flexibility and credibility. "The school was geographically accessible to where I lived in Lawrence, the paralegal program had an excellent reputation, and the evening classes offered allowed me to continue working full-time while I pursued my education. No other schools in the area had all of those qualities, and the admissions staff at Johnson County were very friendly and helped me greatly in navigating the ins and outs of being a nontraditional student," she said.
"The faculty at JCCC is outstanding. All of my professors were extremely knowledgeable in the subject matters they taught and were incredibly accessible. They obviously enjoyed teaching and loved the law and their enthusiasm was contagious. The classes I took at JCCC were full of practical skills and assignments and prepared me very well for working in the legal profession, both by teaching me substantive legal concepts and by giving me 'real world' assignments that taught me the skills necessary to do legal work on a day-to-day basis. In addition, the accessibility of the faculty even after my graduation has been amazing. I know, as a graduate of the paralegal program, that the faculty is a continuing resource I am lucky to have access to if and when I need it."
Now in Boston, Cali is employed by the Office of Bar Counsel for the Board of Bar Overseers, which is the body that investigates ethical complaints against attorneys in Massachusetts.
"I am also a full-time third-year student at New England Law – Boston," she said. "The legal research, analysis and writing skills I learned at JCCC have been especially useful to me, as a great deal of what I do both at work and in school involves reading case law and analyzing legal issues. My courses at JCCC also gave me a head-start on more substantive legal classes in law school, because I had a firm grounding in areas such as family law, alternative dispute resolution and criminal law due to the courses I'd taken at JCCC."