Susan Jacobsen '15
"After graduating from Winona State University in 2015 with a degree in Legal Studies and English Literature & Language, I moved to Cleveland, OH. In 2016, I began working at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office as a paralegal in the Special Investigations Division. I am very passionate about the work we do at the Prosecutor’s Office, and it wasn’t long before I decided I wanted to take the next step in my legal career and become an attorney. In the fall of 2017 I began my studies at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
My Legal Studies degree from WSU was instrumental in obtaining my job at CCPO. The hiring committee was impressed with the fact that I had a four-year Bachelor’s degree (as opposed to a two-year certificate), and they were also impressed with WSU’s Legal Studies curriculum, as the program closely resembles the classes that students takes their first year of law school. Not surprisingly, the information I learned through WSU’s legal studies program was also extremely helpful when I started law school. The strong foundation from WSU combined with my paralegal work experience gave me a huge advantage because I went into law school already familiar with legal writing and research, and knowing how to read and understand cases. I am very grateful to WSU’s Legal Studies program – I would definitely not be where I am today without the program and the amazing faculty members who taught, encouraged, and inspired me."