Student Stories: Dennis Jenkins

Dennis Jenkins


Major: Paralegal Studies

When Dennis Jenkins started at Southern Illinois University, he wasn’t looking for a legal career.

“It was honestly just something I stumbled upon,” he said. “I had switched my major so many times while attending SIU Carbondale, and when I came back, I looked into the Paralegal Studies program at College of DuPage. It was a chance to start over with a new degree.”

Jenkins connected with the program and began to see the possibilities in his future career.

“COD has helped out by teaching me how to prepare for the real world,” he said. “All of the professors take the time to get to know each and every one of their students. The care they show for their students is unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. The camaraderie is amazing and I couldn’t ask for a better experience.” 

After graduating, Jenkins would like to work at a firm specializing in personal injury or family law. He also would like to continue his education and perhaps attend law school.

As for COD, Jenkins is glad to have found the program that is providing the foundation for his future. He strongly recommends it to prospective students. 

“All of the professors in the COD Paralegal Studies program help you reach your full potential,” he said. “Give it a try—you never know how it will turn out. If you aren’t interested in becoming a paralegal, then find a program that best fits you and your skill set that can be later used in the professional world. Also, enjoy college and make new friends along the way! College is a brand-new start after high school, so make the best of it while you can.”

More about the Paralegal Studies program