General Legal Studies Program: Frequently Asked Questions
According to the website materials, the guidelines governing this program’s ABA approval require that I complete at least 3 classes via in-person or synchronous format. How do I take an in-person class if I live outside of New Orleans?
Students who live outside the New Orleans area can participate in our in-person, synchronous classes via Zoom. In these classes, students and instructors meet and interact one evening per week, typically from 6:00 P.M. to 8:50 P.M., with participants joining from the classroom in campus or from remote locations, via Zoom. Assignments and examinations are circulated via Canvas, our learning management system.
Is an internship required?
Yes, with the exception of those who already are employed as paralegals, all students are required to complete GLSP 5900 – General legal Studies Practicum, which includes a 100-hour law office internship and a classroom component that focuses upon professionalism, legal ethics, and career success skills.
Am I required to find my own law office internship?
No, we assist you every step of the way. The General legal Studies Program maintains a pool of participating internship law offices that includes large and small law firms and non-governmental organizations throughout the region, covering a variety of practice areas.
How can I learn more about the legal professional and career options?
The General Legal Studies Program provides several avenues through which you may learn more about the practice of law and the broad world of legal services. All members of our adjunct faculty work full-time as attorneys or paralegals in private practice, government, the court system, in-house, and other areas. All are accessible and happy to help our students. The GLSP also partners with the New Orleans Paralegal Association (NOPA), whose Paralegal Mentoring Program offers tremendous support to our students. Not sure who to call? Contract Program Director, Robyn Ice.
In addition to attending school, I work full-time and have family responsibilities. How can I learn to balance these conflicting demands successfully? I’m also unsure about what to expect from my classes, what my professors expect of me, and how to. How can I become more comfortable?
For these questions, the GLSP’s Peer Mentoring program is ready to help! Contract Program Director, Robyn Ice, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be matched with a senior GLSP student who will support and guide you toward success. For all academic questions (and declaring your major), please always reach out to your Senior Academic Advisor, Micahla Williams. Mr. Williams will advise you in choosing the classes you need, in the correct sequence,to ensure timely and successful completion of your degree.