Student Spotlight: Cara Eckert
Major: Paralegal Studies
Cara Eckert knew that returning to the workforce meant additional career training.
“After deciding that the time was right, I realized that I needed to return to school. The world is a different place now,” she said. “I have always been interested in law, and I always enjoy learning new things. Training as a paralegal was a cost-effective decision. I also kept seeing information about how the paralegal field was projected to grow in the coming years.”
The fact that the Paralegal Studies program at College of DuPage is approved by the American Bar Association helped Eckert make her decision. Having earned her Paralegal Studies Certificate, she would like to pursue the highest certification that she can achieve as a paralegal while working in the legal field.
Eckert spent nearly a year at a real estate firm in Naperville before relocating to Louisiana, where she now works as a paralegal at Community Coffee.
“Louisiana law differs from the other 49 states as it is based on the French system rather than the English common law system,” she said.
This fall, she is starting an online class through Louisiana State University to prepare for becoming a notary in Louisiana, which requires passing a five-hour exam. She also hopes to take the state certified paralegal exam before the end of December.
Eckert praises the College of DuPage program for preparing her well.
“It can be daunting to face returning to work after being home for almost 20 years, but College of DuPage provided very practical training for me that will pay off,” she said. “The Paralegal Studies program is top notch. Frankly, COD offered so much more than I thought.”
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