Blinn College will host information sessions for prospective students interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice or the law.
Blinn’s Criminal Justice Program will host its information session at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 23, in Room 135 of the Bryan campus Science Building (map). Hosted by Program Coordinator Robert Stanberry, the sessions will describe the program, its certificate and degree offerings and offer prospective students the opportunity to ask questions.
Blinn offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science and Law Enforcement Technology degrees in criminal justice, as well as a Criminal Justice Corrections certificate. Blinn also offers a Basic Peace Officer Academy certificate through its partnership with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Central Texas Police Academy.
The Criminal Justice Program also offers established internships with Brazos Valley law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, and its current contemporary issues course, victimology, is taught by former College Station Police Chief Edgar Feldman, who brings more than 40 years of law enforcement experience to the course.
“Students seeking a strong career who have a passion for helping others should seriously consider our Criminal Justice Program,” Stanberry said. “Criminal justice offers many outstanding career choices, but they are all about serving people in your community.”
Blinn’s Legal Assistant Program information session will follow at 6 p.m., also in Room 135 of the Science Building.
Legal assistants, also known as paralegals, assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services, performing duties that include attending trials, assisting in testimony preparation, locating and interviewing witnesses, conducting client interviews and conducting investigations and research. Their role is expanding as companies look to hire employees with a broad understanding of legal matters. Job opportunities abound in private law firms, courts, government, insurance companies, administrative agencies and corporations.
“The paralegal profession is expanding, both in terms of job opportunities and its impact in legal cases,” Stanberry said. “We also welcome students looking to apply for law school. Our graduates gain a tremendous advantage because they will already be trained in the content of the law and be better prepared to clerk while attending law school.”
The program equips students for a variety of law careers with an AAS degree or a Legal Office Certificate. Courses are taught by a faculty comprised entirely of lawyers and judges whose classes are structured to promote quality student-faculty interaction. Students completing the AAS degree are eligible to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants certification exam, and majors in the program join the Legal Assistant Student Organization.
For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu. Story and audio courtesy of Blinn College.