Krystal D. Norton designed and teaches the online Immigration Law Practice, Legal Research and Writing, and Advanced Legal Research and Writing courses in SoPA’s General Legal Studies Program. She is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
Ms. Norton attended Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated as a cum laude Crowe Scholar in May of 2013. While at Loyola, she was Chairman of the Loyola Moot Court Program and a published member of the Loyola Law Review. She also worked with the Immigration Law Clinic throughout her time as a law student. Upon graduation, Ms. Norton was accepted to the Attorney General's Honors Program as a judicial law clerk for the New Orleans Immigration Court. After completion of the program, she became an attorney with the federal government where she worked in immigration for more than four years. As a federal attorney, Ms. Norton was awarded both the Rising Star Award and the Public Service Award for her work on juvenile cases by the Office of General Counsel.
After leaving federal service, Ms. Norton pursued legal education. Ms. Norton contracted first with a private company as an Educational Content Writer for development of an LSAT prep course. Later, Ms. Norton went on to become an instructional designer for J.D. and LL.M. programs with CAP Law Online, where she continues to work with an incredible team to design engaging, practical content for students who will enter the legal community. Ms. Norton also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Northshore Technical Community College (Lacombe Campus) where she teaches various Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice courses.
Ms. Norton graduated from the University of Connecticut with bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Business Administration. During her time at UCONN, she lived in both Madrid and Granada, Spain. She is a big animal lover, an avid reader, and a lifelong Yankees fan. Ms. Norton also enjoys digital photography (so much inspiration in New Orleans) and painting or drawing in her free time.
What's the first career you dreamed of having as a child?
An artist! I still like to paint, draw, and generally craft anything I can think of in my free time. I have really enjoyed using my creative side in designing elements for different online course content.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I would like to travel to Colombia. Some of the most wonderful people I have met over the course of my life are from this beautiful country, and I would love the opportunity to experience it for myself.
What advice would you give to someone who's considering finishing their degree, or starting for the first time as an adult?
If you are diligent and passionate about what you are doing, you cannot go wrong. Also, get to know the people around you and do not ever miss an opportunity to ask questions!