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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

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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

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

Competencies as Currency – How to Get Employers to Show You the Money

Posted by Tami Riggs

Oct 26, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Enhance Skill LevelCertificates and degrees will go far to establish your credibility. Having qualifications demonstrates that you can contribute and add value to an organization through training and education. However, employers are not just seeking candidates with credentials. Verifiable skills are a major currency for hiring and advancement.

Here are 6 ways you can show a potential employer that you are “skilled up” and able to integrate and add value to a professional environment.

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Topics: career, paralegal skills, featured

Graduation Live Stream - September 12, 2020

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Sep 12, 2020 6:00:00 AM

On September 12, 2020, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 66th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs, and wow how different it will be. Just over 6 months ago graduation was held in person at South Texas College of Law and 105 paralegal credentials were conferred. For the 66th 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 103 paralegal credentials will be conferred. Paralegal Certificates will be awarded to 81 graduates, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees will be awarded to 22 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.

Larry King

The commencement address will be presented by
Larry D. King, J.D. In over 40 years as an attorney, his practice areas included civil litigation, employment, insurance defense, contracts, and business law. In addition to the private practice of law, he has worked for both an insurance defense litigation firm and corporate law departments. His corporate experience includes over fourteen years in the American General Corporation Law Department where he served as Associate General Counsel and was responsible for major corporate litigation, and he supervised other attorneys and paralegals. Mr. King has been an instructor at Center for Advanced Legal Studies since 2002. During his 18 year tenure Mr. King has helped educate and inspire thousands of paralegals. Mr. King was the first instructor at CALS to teach a 100% online class session and is currently teaching his 100th Corporate and Business Law course. His commencement address is sure to be insightful, inspiring, and witty.

Additional comments and congratulations will be provided by Academic Dean Thomas B. Swanson, J.D. 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.

Virtual Graduation and Achievement Recognition Program (PDF)

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Topics: graduates and alumni, featured

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