Entering its 31st year, our Paralegal program is our longest-running certificate training program. If you desire a prestigious career in the legal field, this program will help you prepare for it. Named 2014’s Program of Excellence by UPCEA South, it offers daytime and evening courses — making the path from the classroom to the courtroom easier than before.
Over the past three decades, the program has become well established and respected in the community. It’s instructed by an extensive roster of high-profile attorneys and paralegals. We sat down with one of them, Dana Norman, to learn more. Here’s what he had to say:
How long have you been a paralegal instructor for us?
I have been a paralegal instructor for KSU for more than a decade.
Briefly discuss your credentials and background and how it relates to instructing this course.
I graduated from Samford University with a B.A. degree in history in 1980 and Emory Law in 1983 with a Doctor of Law. I was an adjunct professor at Brenau University from 1985 to 1996, teaching Real Estate, Business Law, Labor Relations and Business Ethics. I was a staff attorney with the Georgia Court of appeals for 15 years, an appellate prosecutor in Cobb’s DA’s office from 1985 until 2010, a trial prosecutor in Paulding County for just short of two years before I retired from the State of Georgia.
For a year, I served as the legal director of the legal department of the Governor’s Office of Consumers Affairs, and I am now in private practice doing personal injury, zoning and some criminal defense and appellate work. To date, I have made more than 40 appearances in Georgia’s appellate courts.
Give us an overview of the program. What can students expect to learn?
In the classes I teach, my goal is to equip the students with practical knowledge they will need to be a paralegal in the respective fields – criminal law and contracts and business associations. I convey real life cases to express my goals.
Who is the ideal student for this course?
The ideal student is a person that expresses a desire to become a paralegal professional — requiring promptness, preparation and, most importantly, kindness.
Where are some of the best places to work as a paralegal field?
There are a variety of good places to work as a paralegal, but the most important factor is to dedicate yourself to your clients and have the understanding that they have come to you because they need help out of difficulties that they do not understand.
Is paralegal in your future?