Paralegal certificate lays foundation for alumna's successful career in law

Paralegal certificate lays foundation for alumna’s successful career in law

Jordan Dalgleish (JD ’16) completed The University of Tulsa’s paralegal program and secured a job as a paralegal in the City of Tulsa’s litigation department before returning to TU to earn her law degree. Dalgleish now serves as assistant city attorney for the City of Broken Arrow. She shares more about her experience as a paralegal and how it prepared her to launch her career in the legal field.

Jordan Dalgleish (center) celebrates with friends after earning her TU law degree.
Jordan Dalgleish (center) celebrates with friends after earning her TU law degree.

Where do I even begin about The University of Tulsa’s paralegal program and how it has been a pivotal role to my success as a lawyer now? The best part of my paralegal experience was the ability to network with individuals in the field, and the real life experience each professor brought to the table. The paralegal program provided me with a wealth of knowledge, and confidence in my ability to be successful. My certificate from The University of Tulsa allowed me to secure a job at the City of Tulsa in the litigation department. I was involved in state and federal litigation, along with arbitrations and civil service commission hearings. I was very successful at the City of Tulsa as a paralegal, and I loved my work there. I just felt something was missing, and I wanted to seek more from my legal education. Thus, I eventually attended The University of Tulsa Law School starting in the Spring of 2014.

I will say law school and paralegal school are very different, but the paralegal school gave me such an advantage when it came to the legal terminology, and the deciphering of case law. Thanks to the paralegal school I also understood where a case was procedurally. I did extremely well in civil procedure as well as any law school class that had a procedural aspect to it, and the paralegal school gave me that foundation. Additionally, I did very well in the legal writing courses, and I absolutely attribute that success to my paralegal course with Mr. David Weatherford. I had a clear advantage in every class thanks to the paralegal school, as I was well versed in the core topics a student is required to take in order to receive a Juris Doctorate.

Although law school was a challenging three years, thanks to my education and foundation established through The University of Tulsa’s paralegal program, I felt very well prepared. I graduated The University of Tulsa Law School in December of 2016 with honors, in large part thanks to the paralegal program.

Learn more about TU’s paralegal program here. Enrollment is offered on a rolling basis each month for evening classes.