Paralegal Studies - Director's Welcome - Summer 2023

Author: Staff
June 7, 2023
Welcome - Paralegal Studies program Director Nathaniel Burch
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A welcome message to new Paralegal Studies students from Program Director, Nathaniel Burch.

Welcome to the Paralegal Studies program at San Francisco State University! It is with great pleasure and excitement that I stand before you today as the Director of this esteemed program. You have made an excellent choice by joining us, and I assure you that your journey here will be one filled with opportunities, growth and success.

First and foremost, I want to emphasize the caliber and reputation of our program. San Francisco State University's Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association, making it highly respected nationwide. Your certificate and education from this program will hold significant weight, allowing you to work as a paralegal anywhere in the United States. We take immense pride in our program, which has been a beacon of excellence since its establishment in 1975.

By becoming a part of our program, you are not just joining a university but also the vibrant San Francisco State University Gator community. Our alumni network, established in 1899, spans across various industries, providing you with an extensive support system and invaluable connections. This network will serve as a valuable resource as you embark on your paralegal journey.

One of the key strengths of our program lies in our exceptional faculty of instructors. Our instructors are not only accomplished legal practitioners but also esteemed attorneys, law school professors and experienced paralegals. Their expertise, coupled with their passion for teaching, will guide and inspire you throughout your time in the program. You will be exposed to real-world scenarios, practical skills and a comprehensive understanding of the legal field, ensuring that you are ready to excel as paralegals from day one in the workforce.

Our extensive legal network is another invaluable asset at your disposal. We have cultivated strong connections with paralegal associations, legal administrators, law firm managers and law practice groups within companies. These connections provide opportunities for internships, mentorship and job placements. Additionally, we have established partnerships with legal recruiters who actively seek out our Paralegal Studies students, recognizing the high caliber of education and training you will receive.

Our mission is clear: to equip you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to thrive in the legal profession. When you graduate from our program, you will be armed with the professional acumen to work in a law firm, non-profit organization, or corporate legal practice group. We are committed to your success and will provide you with the tools necessary to embark on a fulfilling and prosperous legal career.

As you begin this exciting chapter, I encourage you to make the most of your time here. Immerse yourself in the wealth of knowledge offered by our faculty, engage with your fellow students, and take advantage of the resources and opportunities available to you. The Paralegal Studies program at San Francisco State University is your platform to transform your passion for the law into a meaningful and rewarding profession.

Once again, welcome to our program. We are delighted to have you here, and I look forward to witnessing your growth and achievements over the course of your studies. Together, let us embark on this journey towards excellence and success.

Now, let's take care of a few important matters. It is mandatory for you to attend classes, ensuring that your video cameras are turned on, and actively participate in lectures and discussion groups alongside your fellow classmates. Additionally, you have the opportunity to connect with your instructor through office hours and engage in study groups with your peers using platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom meetings. To support your studies, make effective use of online resources including Canvas, Gateway and the law library with access to Westlaw and other valuable references. Remember to keep track of registration and drop deadlines to ensure a smooth academic journey. Stay tuned for the release of the fall 2023 schedule, and mark your calendars for our upcoming career faire scheduled for this fall.

Thank you!

Nahaniel Burch
Program Director

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