Student Spotlight: Todd Holes
Todd Holes believes the paralegal field has always been there waiting for him.
“It just took me a little longer than most to find it,” he said. “When I was a kid, I loved to watch ‘Perry Mason.’ But my plans as a kid to go to law school never came to be. Then, over 20 years ago, someone told me that I would be a good administrative assistant due to my attention to detail and ability to anticipate needs. The skill set required to be a paralegal is very similar.
“More recently, one of my COD Paralegal professors described a good paralegal as being just like Radar O'Reilly on ‘M*A*S*H.’ I wanted to jump up and shout, ‘That's me!’ This will be a good fit for me. And I want to be the best paralegal I can be.”
Holes enrolled in College of DuPage’s Paralegal Studies program, believing it to be the strongest in the Chicago area. It didn’t hurt that he could walk to the College from where he lives. He also is involved with the Paralegal Club, which he calls “the best club at COD.”
After receiving his Paralegal Studies degree, Holes plans to find immediate employment.
“If I were a few years younger, I might contemplate law school. But the glut of unemployed attorneys on the market makes that less attractive as an option,” he said. “I do have an interest in technology and feel I may find my niche in litigation support. Eventually, if that area of the law feels like a good fit, I would like to further my education so that I qualify to manage an e-discovery department for a mid-size to large law firm.”
Holes credits the program and its professors for providing him with the foundation to excel.
“There are a few professors in particular who are outstanding teachers. They truly love to teach, and it shows in their enthusiasm toward their students,” he said. “While I am sure they are excellent attorneys, each in their own area of expertise, it is my hope that they continue to teach once they quit their day jobs.”
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