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Fall Portfolio Expo!


Our Fall Semester Practicum students will be showing off their professional portfolios on Thursday, November 15, from 6-9 pm, in SRC 2000. There is private judging from 6-8 pm, but an Open House from 8-9 pm, and you are welcome to attend! Stop by to congratulate your fellow students on completing a very challenging, but rewarding, semester, and take a moment to view their outstanding portfolios!

See you there!



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Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship – Applications Due November 15th!

Phi Theta Kapa Logo.JPGStudents who are going to enter the workforce upon completion of their time at the College of DuPage can apply for a scholarship through Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Applicants do not have to be members of Phi Theta Kappa to apply.

There is no money awarded for the initial nomination for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship.  The nominated student is entered into a national competition to compete to be one of 50 students recognized nationally for a New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship in the amount of $1250.  The recognized student is invited to attend a banquet in April where the student will receive a medal.  The College of DuPage can nominate up to two students.

Applications must be submitted online by November 15, 2018.

More information and application instructions can be found here.

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Full-Time Project Coordinator/Paralegal -Schaumburg

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CREOSPAN, Inc., is seeking a paralegal to add to its team.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Support all aspects of real estate transactions, including title and survey review, due diligence, coordination of signing and post-signing integration and administration
  • Support all aspects of licensing and compliance, including researching compliance criteria, preparing licensing and compliance documents, and working with state and local officials on an ongoing basis
  • Check & summarize material terms of licenses, leases, utility agreements and master contracts
  • Assist with the preparation, execution, and filing of required contracts and other legal documents and the administration of day to day departmental activities
  • Review legal documents related to acquisitions, leases, and regulatory matters
  • Draft letters and other correspondence having a legal effect related to transactional and regulatory compliance matters for business units
  • Maintain legal files, maintain system of preservation for all original legal documents including scanning and indexing for electronic records and database
  • Manage an ongoing checklist review process to review all matters throughout the development process and prior to transmittal of close-out package to client
  • Coordinate small cell/utility pole acquisition (SCIP) and leasing activities with internal and external teams including legal, telecom engineering, operations, and construction.
  • Perform administrative duties and tasks and be flexible to take on new tasks and challenges


  • Significant experience handling commercial or residential real estate transactions and land use matters (Not Required)
  • Experience working with either a Tower Company, Wireless Carrier, DAS providers, Public Utility or site acquisition company handling contracts, Right-Of-Way or related matters (Not Required)
  • Thorough understanding of real estate practices/law, business and financial terms/concepts
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks and multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, superior work product and follow-through, and ability to work well with cross-functional teams
  • Ability to quickly learn new skills and provide high energy to the team
  • Strong ability to follow up on pending items, track project progress and stay current on project status and milestones
  • An undergraduate degree is required, and paralegal certificate is a plus

Please email resume to

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Paralegal Day – November 7, 2018

Paralegal DayWednesday, November 7, 2018, is Paralegal Day in Illinois as proclaimed by Governor Bruce Rauner.

The Illinois Paralegal Association will also be celebrating its 46th anniversary on this day.  A combined celebration luncheon will be held at the Palmer House Hilton Chicago.

The keynote speaker at this year’s luncheon will once again be former Federal Prosecutor and frequent contributor on CNN, MSNBC, Politico, and Newsweek, Renato Mariotti.  Mr. Mariotti is an accomplished trial attorney and will be speaking on “What You Should Know About Obstruction of Justice.”  Mr. Mariotti will give us insight on the judicial system and explain obstruction of justice.

Register today for this very momentous occasion.

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Paralegal Studies Program Receives Reapproval From American Bar Association

~Story by Brian Kleeman

The Paralegal Studies program at College of DuPage has received reapproval from the American Bar Association.

Sally Fairbank, coordinator of the program, said the second consecutive seven-year approval period reflects the program’s ability to meet the rigorous standards set by the ABA.

“Paralegal programs are not required to receive ABA approval, but we knew from the beginning that this designation would add stature and credibility to the program,” she said. “Prospective students often mention the importance of the ABA approval when selecting a program.”

The Paralegal Studies program, which offers an associate in applied science and a certificate, started at College of DuPage in the fall of 2006. Before a program can apply for ABA approval, it must graduate students, which happened in 2008. Two years later, the program received its initial seven-year approval from the ABA.

Components of COD’s program include an advisory council that consists of paralegals, a sitting judge, practicing attorneys and non-legal professionals; a student Paralegal Studies club; a chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), the national honor society for paralegal students; and faculty who go through a rigorous process before being hired. The program also includes a required practicum at a law office where paralegal students gain practical skills under the supervision of an attorney site mentor.

“The ABA also wants a program to be relevant and reflect what’s currently happening in the legal world,” Fairbank said. “Our instructors are lawyers who understand the constantly changing legal landscape and bring that knowledge into the classroom. They work with our students so they have the skills required to immediately excel in the workforce.”

For more information on COD’s Paralegal Studies program, call (630) 942-2955, e-mail or visit


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Spring 2019 Paralegal Practicum Applications Due Now!


If you are planning to enroll in the Paralegal Practicum for the Spring 2019 semester, your Practicum Application is due November 20.  A copy of the application can be found at the link below:

Practicum Application

A pre-req for enrolling in the Practicum is to have been admitted into the Paralegal Studies Program. practicum If you would like to enroll in the Practicum but haven’t been admitted into the program, please submit your Paralegal Program Application to me as soon as possible so we can discuss next steps for admitting you into the program.  The Paralegal Studies Program Application can be found at the following link:

Paralegal Studies Program Applications

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the “Related Links” section and select the application form that applies to you – AAS Degree or Certificate, Pre-Fall 2014 enrollment or Post-Fall 2014 enrollment.



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Bilingual Spanish/English Sales Executive – Chicago

Job Description
DIVISION/ GROUP/ ROLE: is the leading Spanish legal directory on the internet that links the Spanish consumer with the legal community.


The Abogado consultant will be responsible for growing sales on the directory for The initial rollout will have the Abogado consultant partnering with the FindLaw field sales team in establishing contacts, networks and leads along with daily prospecting for opportunities on their own in designated territories. This position reports to a FindLaw, Director of Sales.


  • Present and sell company products and identify opportunities for growth via phone and in person sales appointments.
  • Responsible for meeting or exceeding individual sales targets by month.
  • Consult with the client regarding web based marketing strategies and solutions that will meet their business needs and will improve their ability to generate business via the directory.
  • Create and maintain sales pipeline by capturing accurate and complete information in selected CRM database including activity, closing, project forecast, close ratios and market intelligence.
  • Create and communicate status reports including activity, closing, project forecast and close ratios.
  • Maintain knowledge of complete line of products/services as well as customers’ business issues and needs.
  • Stay current with industry online marketing concepts including (but not limited to) SEO/SEM, linking strategies and search engine functionality – help educate customers as needed to achieve their online marketing goals.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders regarding existing and new clients to identify and resolve client concerns; Establish and maintain current and potential client relationships.
  • Communicate product and service opportunities, information or feedback gathered through client activity to appropriate internal resources.
  • Participate in marketing events, trade shows, company events as requested.



  • BA, 4 year degree preferred but not required


  • Minimum of 2 to 5 years of sales experience
  • Previous experience in law firm sales, preferred
  • Previous experience in sales of online marketing products, beneficial


  • Working knowledge of sales concepts, methods and techniques
  • High level of competency with regard to marketing in general, Internet marketing, lead generation and conversion, and social media concepts, preferred
  • High level of competency with regard to selling in a legal environment
  • Proficiency with tracking and reporting on sales activity, opportunity and execution within an established CRM tool, beneficial


  • Proven track record of sales success with focus on the customer under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and time management skills.
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Technical aptitude (MS Office, CRM)
  • Bilingual – Spanish / English required


  • Ability to travel at least 35-45% – more often if required by the needs of the business

For more information, please visit the job posting here.

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Part-Time Paralegal – Oakbrook Terrace

Law Offices of Charles Jacques LogoThe Law Offices of Charles T. Jacques, P.C., is a solo practitioner firm that is seeking a part-time paralegal for its practice in personal injury claims/litigation (Plaintiff) at its Oakbrook Terrace location.

The paralegal would work two to three days per week for at least eight hours each day.  Compensation ranges from $20.00 to $25.00 dollars per hour.  The paralegal would be employed as an independent contractor.

Job Requirements

  • Good people skills
  • Be detail oriented
  • Possess the ability to assist with discovery preparation and responses
  • Assist with scheduling
  • Order and follow up with medical records
  • Organize files
  • Other litigation-related responsibilities

Interested applicants should contact Charles Jacques at 1-630-709-3728.

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Part-Time Office Assistant – DuPage County Bar Association



The DCBA is looking for team members to help attorneys in DuPage County.  This position is an opportunity to gain valuable office experience and exposure to the legal community.


Job Description

  • Take calls on the lawyer referral service
  • Schedule students for classes as part of their court supervision
  • Assist with the administration of legal education programs (video and audio content editing)
  • Learn the ins-and-outs of working with an association
  • Part-time: 20 hours per week with flexible hours between noon and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday

Job Requirements

  • Positive attitude
  • Team-oriented attitude
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Interested applicants should submit a current résumé and a letter of interest via e-mail to Robert Rupp at the contact address below.  The letter should express why this position is of interest to you and what special skills you would bring to the position.


Robert Rupp, Executive Director
126 S County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: (630) 653-7779

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Volunteer Opportunity with DCBA – “Ask a Lawyer” Help Desk

DCBA LogoThe DuPage County Bar Association is looking for paralegal students for a volunteer opportunity.  One of the areas that the Public Interest and Education (PIE) Commission oversees is encouraging means by which individuals can find proper legal representation in the judicial system.  In this vein, an “Ask a Lawyer” Help Desk was rolled out last fall for civil cases.  Pro se litigants in small claims, landlord/tenant, and arbitration (under $50K) cases are offered legal assistance.

The dates for 2018 are October 25th, November 15th, and December 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Volunteers are not required to commit to the entire time period.

For additional information, see the DCBA flyer here.

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