I came to ACI in January 2010 after going through a divorce and not working for the last 2-3 years. I was faced with finding a job as soon as possible and taking care of my three children as a single parent. Not looking forward to working a "job" instead of a career, I focused my attention towards school and graduating in hopes of finding a "career" in the legal field. I went to school at ACI during the day and found an after-school job to make ends meet until graduation. Upon graduation in September 2010, I started looking for a position as a Legal Assistant.
After interviewing for one firm and not receiving an offer, I kept my hopes up and interviewed with another firm. I remember all the great teachers at ACI telling all of the students not to be too picky in which type of law we went in to, and to take whatever offer was made to us. My interest was in family law but I interviewed with a firm that practices civil defense. The attorney I interviewed with had someone interviewing for the same position right after my interview, and to my surprise it was a student I went to ACI with. Her attendance and grades were not as good as mine and her interview did not go so well. The very next day he called me and offered the position to me! I was very excited and looked forward to my new career. I also was very fortunate to find a firm within 3 miles of my home, which is so hard to find these days.
I have been here for a year and a half now and love working here. I have had one promotion and two raises during my employment here and I can't begin to explain how much I have learned. I am required to multi-task on a daily basis and my work is never boring. I am so happy that I never gave up and continued my education to get to where I am today. I am also a senior at UNT working on my bachelor's degree with a major in criminal justice and a double minor in sociology and addiction rehabilitation. I hope to go to law school and work in family law as an amicus attorney (an attorney for children).
No matter what your situation is or what struggles you have, ACI is a great start to get you on the right path to success!!!!
Thank you so much ACI!
- April Lyons
Legal Assistant Program Graduate
I just want to share a brief story about how going through the certification program at ACI has helped change my career path.
I found ACI in the phonebook, I think. I had been working various fast-food restaurant jobs for 5 years and was sick of it. Would you like a shake with those fries, sir? It was not my goal to make fast food service my life's work. I went through the Legal Assistant program for 9 months full-time. It was hard work, but I made one of my very best friends for life, Katrinia Burkehoff Olvera, through the program. A few months before I graduated, I began working in an office part-time. This was such a thrill to me. Graduating from ACI was the first step in changing my career path and moving on to a better life.
Thank you ACI for helping me change my career path.
- Barbara Kinsey
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