Many UE graduates work for law firms as paralegals. Some have established their own paralegal businesses, working as a paralegal for several different attorneys. Others work in the law departments in corporations, banks or in government agencies such as the social security Administration, the Justice Department or the Internal Revenue Service. Some of our graduates have become instructors in other paralegal programs.
Graduate school is a route that many Legal Studies majors choose. In fact, 80 percent of graduates go to law school after leaving UE. Graduates also seek an MBA or enroll in more traditional graduate programs in history, literature, or political science. Students benefit from the sound liberal arts education that the University of Evansville provides as it provides them with several options.
Class of 1994
It was during his sophomore year at the University of Evansville that Michael Macer began the career in which he is still involved to this day. "My first job in the legal community came from a referral by one of my professors, and now I'm a partner in that same firm."
Both the legal studies program and the professors at UE affected Michael's career path. "The legal studies program gave me an excellent head start for law school. I felt as though I was a step ahead of many of my peers as I had already been exposed to several areas of the law through my classes. My professors provided individualized attention, which is a great asset, and due to their guidance, I am an attorney today."
"I would highly recommend the legal studies program for anyone considering law school, and I recommend the University of Evansville for those students who want a well-rounded education. I obtained an outstanding education at UE from many great professors, and I think the legal studies program was an excellent stepping stone."
Class of 1973
Larry Mackey’s first legal experience did not happen at UE. “I won my first jury trial when I was still in high school,” he recalled. “Admittedly, it may have helped that my girlfriend was on the mock jury. The $1 damages verdict, however, told me that I had a lot to learn about being a lawyer. My girlfriend and I later broke up, but I never lost my interest in the law.”
Knowing that college rested on the path between high school and law school, Mackey knew – even as a high school student – that he needed a good college education to succeed as a lawyer. “My years at the University of Evansville delivered just that,” he said. “Evansville instruction taught me critical thought and sound writing, and it almost happened without my noticing. As a European history major, I enjoyed my classes so much that I was hardly aware of the strong academic foundation the University provided me. I finally realized the skills Evansville had helped me develop once I reached Indiana University School of Law, confident I would be a successful law student as well.”
Mackey has come a long way since his first trial as a high school student. “I have tried other jury cases since my humbling high school experience, including some with much at stake,” he said. “I had the honor of prosecuting the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing trials against the men responsible for what was then the single most horrific act of terrorism on American soil. Justice was done, and even my old girlfriend wrote to say she was proud of what had been accomplished.”