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Behind the Hiring Scenes – What Interviewers Won’t Tell You

Posted by Tami Riggs

Apr 19, 2021 2:00:00 PM


Sometimes you are not the strongest candidate or the best fit. Sometimes it is not your fault. But sometimes it is. Here are the top 10 reasons you might not be getting hired.

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Topics: career, featured

Seminar: Mastering Employment | May 7th

Posted by Center for Advanced Legal Studies [CALS]

Mar 29, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Achieving success in your chosen career depends not only on possessing the requisite knowledge and skills to be proficient on the job, but also on being adept at navigating the often tumultuous terrain of employment, relationship building, and career advancement.

During this 4-hour interactive seminar and presentation, you will learn valuable strategies to help find and promote success in the career you have today, or in the next opportunity that presents itself tomorrow.

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Topics: career, education and training

Notary Public Seminar - March 19th

Posted by Center for Advanced Legal Studies [CALS]

Mar 2, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Want to enhance your resume?  Many employers expect their paralegals to be notaries and trust they know what they are doing!  Do you know the various roles and responsibilities of a Notary Public?

This seminar, which is open to students, alumni, and the general public, covers everything you need to become and serve with confidence as a Notary Public for the state of Texas. 


Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: Online (Link will be provided)
Cost: Varies from $94-$175 depending on package

Eventbrite Registration Page
Registration Deadline March 15th

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Topics: seminars and CLE, career, paralegal skills, education and training

Graduation Live Stream - February 27, 2021

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Feb 8, 2021 4:00:00 PM

UPDATE: Due to severe weather in the Houston area, the Graduation Live Stream has been postponed to February 27th.

On February 27, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 67th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs. This will be the second straight commencement ceremony held virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Just over 5 months ago graduation was held virtually as well and 103 paralegal credentials were conferred. For the 67th Commencement Ceremony attendees will be at home watching with their family and friends on the live stream, and presenters will have submitted contributions to the event several days previously.

A total of 87 paralegal credentials will be conferred. Paralegal Certificates will be awarded to 66 graduates, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees will be awarded to 21 graduates. Congratulations graduates on your hard work, dedication, and accomplishment. Your perseverance under the added difficulties imposed by a global pandemic has earned you the everlasting respect and admiration of us all.

The commencement address will be presented by Thomas B. Swanson, J.D., Academic Dean at Center for Advanced Legal Studies.  The event will be moderated by CALS' Director of Outreach and Career Services, Tami Riggs, with contributions from Eric H. Happe, Director of Distance Education.

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Topics: graduates and alumni, featured

Creating Resumes for Humans and BOTS

Posted by Tami Riggs

Jan 6, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Automation-Worker-ConceptWhen you apply for a job online your resume will often be scanned by an internet robot, also known as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) before it ever lands in the hands of a hiring manager. An ATS is an electronic filtering software that scans resume content for specific keywords to determine if the document should be passed forward for human review. ATS search for relevant information that matches a job posting, including education, training, former job titles, and other keywords that point to the required experience. At least 98.2% of Fortune 500 companies use BOT technology.1

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Topics: career, technology, featured

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