A graduation ceremony was held May 18 at the Lod Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU to recognize those who completed the LSU Paralegal Studies Program in 2017.

Barbara J. Alcon, judicial assistant to District Judge Shelly D. Dick, served as the guest speaker for the event. Alcon graduated from LSU in 1995, earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and political science, and returned to LSU to complete a paralegal certificate in 1997.

The LSU Paralegal Studies Program began in 1982 and is a college-level, noncredit program for nontraditional students leading to a Certificate of Paralegal Studies. The program obtained approval by the American Bar Association in August 1993 and is the only ABA-approved, noncredit certificate of paralegal studies in Louisiana.

“The guidance and training the students receive throughout the LSU Paralegal Studies Program will prove invaluable in their work as legal professionals post-graduation,” said Andrea Ash, program manager for LSU Continuing Education. “I am confident that our students are prepared for success in the workplace.”

All courses for the LSU Paralegal Studies Program are held in Baton Rouge, most of them on the LSU campus.

The majority of students in the LSU Paralegal Studies Program have already earned a bachelor’s degree, and it is recommended that students complete their bachelor’s degree before earning a paralegal certificate. However, students are considered for admission without a bachelor’s degree if they meet certain requirements.

Spring 2017 graduates include Catherine Cooper, of Baton Rouge; Charli Ann Evans, of Livingston; Lexi Jordan Gibbs, of Prairieville; Daronda Harris, of Baton Rouge; Ezmee Whyte Hutton, of Baton Rouge; Julie Marie Ioppolo, of Baton Rouge; Amy Lynn Montgomery, of Baton Rouge; Cherie Rainwater Neyland, of Zachary; Wilson Van Nguyen, of Baton Rouge; Olivia Elizabeth Ockmond, of Denham Springs; and Ethan Paul Shamburger, of Prairieville.

Harris, Hutton and Ockmond earned perfect GPAs in the program.

For more information about the program, visit outreach.lsu.edu.