Paralegal studies major at Northampton Community College (NCC), and this year’s student speaker at commencement, Lauren Harrison, says she knew at a young age she wanted to become an attorney. “In sixth grade, I played the role of a prosecutor in a class mock trial. I had no idea what a prosecutor was or what they did at the time, but I learned about their job and created a case with my classmates.” Harrison enjoyed researching, writing an argument and presenting it in class.
“That’s when my passion for law bloomed.”
NCC’s value and reputation made the decision to attend an easy one for Harrison. “NCC allowed me to earn a well-respected degree approved by the American Bar Association.”
A highlight in Harrison’s time at NCC was the ability to take courses in different legal areas. She took a variety of courses on real estate law, civil litigation practice and procedure, criminal law and procedure, tort law, family law, and more, which allowed her to delve into the areas she really enjoyed. “The post-graduation pathways of paralegal students are each unique and special. I think it’s so amazing that our degrees were tailored to our own interests and goals for what was to come after graduation.”
While at the College, Harrison earned the Presidential Ambassador Scholarship. The scholarship and respective program encourages and supports talented students to prepare them for leadership roles in all facets of community life. She also took part in other leadership development opportunities at the College and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In these roles, she has helped serve both her college and community. She aims to continue helping others through her work in law.
“NCC truly offers the best educational experience anyone could ask for. From scholarship opportunities, to work experience, to volunteerism and student life, NCC produces well-rounded and respected graduates. I am already working in a law firm, which will propel my career goals further.” She said with the help of her professors, many of whom work in the field, and her program advisors, Amy VanVarick-Colarusso and Annie Laurie Meyers, she was able to land a job as a paralegal intern.
After graduation, Harrison will be transferring to East Stroudsburg University (ESU) to study Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law. She hopes to attend law school and earn a Juris Doctor. Aside from becoming an attorney, Harrison wishes to repay NCC by becoming an adjunct and sharing what she’s learned with future Spartans.