As of Monday, it's 99.9% official that I've been accepted into the Paralegal Program at Meredith. I had an "interview" with the director on Monday and about midway through she blurted out "you're going to be accepted into the program..." So this is good news. **UPDATE: When we got home on Monday, I had received my official acceptance letter in the mail!
The program is only 2 semesters so that's also good - not a terribly long committment and I'll have a "career" at the end of it. I've needed to do something that would allow me to have an answer when people ask "So, what do you do?" It's a silly thing really - but it seems complicated when I have to answer a "what" with more of a "where." Classes will be held M-W from 6-9pm so I'll be in a work, class, sleep routine until May 2008. I know it'll be worth it though and I'm hoping to find work before I complete the program. From what I've heard, it seems to be quite helpful to be working in the environments you're learning about at the same time. We'll see - I can't take too much change and stress all at once.
I still don't know what makes people choose to be Paralegals vs. Attorneys, but I'm sure I'll figure that out as I get into the program. I think I'll be doing everything but having to understand laws and interpreting them. If I find that I'm interested in that then Law School here I come! (haha, Seth loves that I'm headed towards being a lifetime student I'm sure)
Anyway, after my interview and then meeting with the paralegal at my parent's attorney's office yesterday, I'm looking forward to starting the program and seeing what it's all about. Law firms are foreign to me but it seems interesting and non-static (as my current job seems to be). I think it'll be nice to get involved in cases and see them from start to finish vs. just turning over the same kind of work all the time.
Wish me luck!