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Welcome to Legal Studies

Welcome to the Legal Studies Department at the University of La Verne. We look forward to learning about you, and assisting you in meeting your academic goals. You are most likely working towards your Bachelor’s degree or getting your paralegal certificate. You may be a traditional undergraduate student or a CAPA student. You might have transferred in or have attended La Verne since you were a freshmen. Our students are quite varied! Whatever path brought you here… we are happy to have you.

If you’re brand new to Legal Studies, you will most likely begin with my class: American Legal Studies. I will also see you again at the end of your career here at La Verne: in Senior Project. I teach some elective courses as well: Wills, Trusts and Probate; and Law in Film and Literature.

Professor Adongo will meet you in Legal Research and Writing, your next step in Legal Studies. She also teaches Litigation I and II, as well as Family Law.

We have two regular adjunct instructors: Cathy Robson and Michael Dowd. Professor Robson teaches our Internship and Ethics course. She’ll be bringing a wealth of paralegal experience to the classroom. Professor Dowd teaches Criminal Law and our two computer courses. Contracts is being taught by Professor Booth this semester, and we’re very happy to have him.

The most important thing to remember about our program is that we are always available to you! We have regular office hours and are very prompt in answering email.

So please, do join us!

Is it Spring 2011 already?!

Welcome everyone to 2011 and whole new semester! We’re starting off fresh with a new Paralegal Student Association executive board in place and we’re looking to ratchet up the participation. Please email me for information!

Our Orientation for new Legal Studies Students is coming up and we’ll be letting you know the date and time. Even if you’re not new, please come anyway, especially if you haven’t attended previous Orientations.

We are very excited to have a new adjunct instructor joining us this semester: Cathy Robson. She’ll be teaching Contracts and Ethics (here on campus). She’ll be bringing a wealth of paralegal experience to the classroom as well as her overall niceness!

Professor Michael Dowd is back and he’s teaching the top hit, Criminal Law.

Professor Adongo is teaching Legal Research and Writing, and Litigation I (including a special afternoon section of Litigation for the first time).

And of course, Yours Truly…Carolyn Bekhor…is teaching American Legal Studies, Wills, Trusts and Probate, and the longstanding, beloved by all who pass through Legal Studies’ gates, Senior Project.

In the meantime, some exciting changes have been made to our program. Beginning fall 2011, Senior Project will be a 4-unit course rather than a 2 unit course. And Ethics will be combined into a brand-new required 4-unit combination class with Internship. We anticipate that Cathy Robson will be teaching the course, a wonderful experience to be sure.

All righty then, do stop by our offices in Miller Hall to get advising or help with your classes or just say hello. We’re always here for YOU.

See you in class!

Welcome to Fall 2010 Legal Studies!

Hello students, new and returning! This year will be another great year, promising lots of interesting courses and a whole new Paralegal Student Association. That’s right…we are in need of a President. Please, if you’re interested, email me, Carolyn Bekhor, or Prof. Adongo.

In the meantime, Inland Counties Assoc. of Paralegals is putting on a great conference on September 25, 2010. The cost is a mere $40 but what you will learn is priceless. Email me or Prof. Adongo for more information. Also check your mail! The flyer has been sent to your La Verne email.

New students, be aware that we are tentatively scheduled for a New Legal Studies Student Orientation on September 20 at 5:30 p.m. More on that later!

Welcome back, once more, and see you in class.

Dates and Events for Legal Studies Students

Important dates for those of you on the paralegal job market – Get on board!

March 6, 2010 – Go to the Los Angeles Paralegal Association’s fantastic Career Conference at National University. Join other La Verne students and network with many paralegals and recruiters. Bring your resume! While you listen to the speakers, someone will review and comment on your resume. The link to register is here.

March 10, 2010 – Bobby Rimas will be putting on a Resume Workshop at the Campus Center at 6:00 p.m. on the Third Floor in the Ballroom. Bobby Rimas is the Vice President of Membership and Policy, Website Committee Chair and the Immigration Law Section Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association. He is a Paralegal at One West Bank in Pasadena, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of La Verne Legal Studies Program. Snacks and drinks will be provided during this workshop.

Are you going to Law School?

TestMasters is holding a free LSAT workshop on Wednesday, March 3rd, at 6:00 PM. TestMasters instructor Sean Metherell will cover real LSAT questions to expose those in attendance to several of TestMasters’ methods and techniques. The workshop will be held on the Claremont College campus in the Smith Campus Center, in Room 217.  If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP for the event by sending your name and e-mail address to Ray at rtipton at Contact me for more information.

August 31 is right around the corner, have you registered?

The University of La Verne’s semester is starting a week earlier, making the start date August 31 rather than after Labor Day. We’re almost ready to go. A few changes in the Legal Studies Department that you all should know about.

1. The domains of all our e-mail addresses have changed to rather We’ll still get ulv mail for a while but not for long, so you need to make sure to update your address books.

2. We’ve MOVED! Yup, the Legal Studies Department is now located in Miller Hall on the first floor (not the bottom basement floor), to the left of the front door off C street.

3. The Paralegal Student Association is a’hopping! For you younger folks, that means they’re really busy with all sorts of awesome activities in the coming semester. Please, please, please join our Paralegal Student Association Yahoo! Group to be the first to hear what’s going on. Check it out! Get registered!

4. Speaking of the Legal Studies New Student Orientation, all students are welcome! Even you old timers, and non-Legal Studies students. We’ll be having snacks while we review all the ins and outs of our department.  Representatives from the Paralegal Student Association will be present to talk about what’s going on in the upcoming year. Please come on Wednesday, September 9th in Leo Hall at 6:00 p.m.

As always, if you have any questions, please e-mail us!

Graduate Dinner and Twitter

Save the date!! On May 16, 2009, at 5:00 in PDR, the Paralegal Student Association will be sponsoring our springtime Graduate Dinner to celebrate our graduates, our Certificate students, and the LEX students.

We will also be inducting the Officers of the Paralegal Student Association! So remember, if you’ve received an e-mail ballot, PLEASE VOTE!


Hey, do you Tweet with Twitter? Follow the Department of Legal Studies with its new Twitter account @ LaVerneLegal. With our new account you will be able to get real time information on what the Department of Legal Studies is doing, and what the Paralegal Student Association is doing.

So…sign up and follow us!