Sheridan Paralegal Networking event links Sheridan students with leading legal industry professionals
The annual Paralegal Networking event gave Sheridan School of Business Paralegal program students an optimum setting to learn about the opportunities available for field placement and career opportunities in the legal sector. This year’s networking event attracted employers from more than 20 professional organizations as more than 40 representatives met with first and second year Sheridan Paralegal students.
Participants from the legal professions included a wide range of service providers from local and provincial government legal services to private mediation services. Included in the list of organizations were local and regional offices from the Ministry of the Attorney General, WeirFoulds LLP law firm, Brampton Criminal Law Office, Legal Aid Ontario, Peel Childrens’ Aid, X-Police Traffic Ticket Services, Native Child and Family Services, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Revenue, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, and A Place for Mediation.
Many students were very interested in pursuing careers in mediation and flooded Mediator, Lorraine Joynt, from A Place for Mediation with questions about the practice of mediation.
Program Coordinator, Richard Leighton says that the Sheridan Paralegal Networking Event provides valuable insight for first year students who are still undecided about career paths in the legal field and helps make career connections for second year paralegal students.
Second year Paralegal student Gregory Specht said the networking event went well and was enlightening. “I personally gained a new perspective on the direction into the public sector I want to head to after graduation,” said Specht. Specht is currently in the process of communicating with some of the employers he met from this event to firm up his career plans.
First year Sheridan Paralegal student Volunteer Ambassador, Azim Baluch, was pleased to be an active part of the event. “I was able to get some great information from the exhibitors, as well as some great tips from the second year students,” said Baluch.
Vittoria Alcamo, Department of Justice, has attended all previous networking events and is pleased with the student response to the networking event. “Sheridan Paralegal students are very eager to learn about career opportunities,” said Alcamo.
Dave Simpson, a prosecutor with the Ministry of Labour, is a frequent guest to the annual Sheridan School of Business Paralegal Networking Event and is also a graduate of the program. Simpson shared his career experiences and job-hunting skills with the students. “The student interaction is wonderful. The Sheridan Paralegal event gets bigger and better every year and I am looking forward to attending again next year,” said Simpson.