Student Spotlight: Victoria Wadowski
Major: Paralegal Studies
Victoria Wadowski graduated from high school at the age of 16, and she plans to become a lawyer by the age of 23.
In between, she attended College of DuPage and finished Paralegal Studies program.
“I heard about this program and I thought it would be a great stepping stone for law school,” she said. “In this program, you studied various types of law and knew what to expect with them. Almost all of the professors are lawyers, so you get an incredible amount of real-life situations handed to you during class. I have learned how to file forms online to the court, and how to properly research either by books or online databases like Westlaw. I truly feel ready to take on a job at any type of law firm. That is the best!”
While at COD, Wadowski immersed herself in college life beyond the classroom. She played on the women’s tennis team, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Lambda Epsilon Chi, and was an officer in the Paralegal Club.
She is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at DePaul University. In 2014, she was accepted into Georgetown University’s Study Away program, which consisted of taking four classes at Georgetown two days a week and interning the other three days on Capitol Hill. Wadowski selected an internship at CCAI (Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institutes), because her goal is to become a lawyer for juveniles, as she feels a strong passion for that age group.
“I met Congressmen, attended political events, some of which I had a huge role in setting up. And I learned a lot about the adoption process and the legislation behind it,” she said. “It was extremely eye opening.”
She plans to start the Sign Language Interpretation program at Harper and is training to become a self-defense instructor. Wadowski knows the Paralegal Studies program helped to open doors.
“I received the best opportunities while going through the Paralegal program,” she said. “Since the program is ABA approved, it will stand out on any application. This program built and strengthened my legal knowledge. I honestly cannot imagine getting a better education and experience anywhere else.
“When I was enrolled in my first paralegal course, I took it upon myself to start visiting the DuPage County courts. I absolutely loved it and would get so excited when I sat in and watched a trial. The Paralegal Studies program at College of DuPage helped reassure me of my passion and drive for the legal field.”
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