13 students inducted into LEX national paralegal honor society
05.20.2014 | By Rob Vanya
The San Jacinto College North Campus recently held an induction ceremony for students who joined Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), the national paralegal honor society. Those attending the ceremony include, from left, Ginger Alexander, Ernest Davila (North Campus business department chair), Melanie Springer, Julie Casas, Ashley Tighe, Nicole Mercado, Evlyn Cox, Sharon Cowan, Jeanette Liberty (San Jacinto College paralegal professor), Casey Wheeler, Maria Gonzalez, and Liane Lopez. Photo credit: LaVena Wilder, San Jacinto College multimedia support specialist.
Thirteen San Jacinto College students were recently inducted into the College’s paralegal honor society, Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), signifying high levels of academic achievement.
The requirements for LEX induction are stringent. A student must maintain a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in paralegal courses and a 3.2 GPA in general courses, demonstrate superior academic performance, and be an active member of San Jacinto College’s paralegal club. In addition, in order to apply for LEX induction, a student must complete two-thirds of the College’s paralegal program requirement by completing 30 credit hours of legal specialty courses, and nine credit hours of general education courses.
“Paralegal 100” website ranks San Jacinto College’s paralegal program among the top 100 in North America. The program is approved by the American Bar Association, and has earned exemplary status by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The keynote speaker at the induction ceremony was Sylvia Querales, who graduated from the College’s paralegal program as a LEX member in 2011. Querales began working in the legal field immediately after graduating from high school. After getting laid off, she realized she needed a college degree and enrolled in San Jacinto College’s paralegal program. While attending San Jacinto College she was elected president of the Paralegal Gator Association, was named Paralegal Student of the Year, and made the Dean’s List. Querales now works as a paralegal at Osha Liang, LLP, specializing in litigation.
Querales spoke about the challenge of returning to school after a gap in education, and recalled studying hard and applying herself in order to achieve her goal of earning a degree. She stated that even though returning to school was hard she was “determined to persevere and pull through.” She concluded her keynote message with her favorite quote: “No one ever said it would be easy, they only promised it would be worth it.”
Ernest Davila, the San Jacinto College North Campus business department chair, says that paralegal is a fairly lucrative career field, and one that is predicted to stay strong in coming years. According to the most recent statistics available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary of paralegals is $46,680 ($22.44 per hour). The BLS predicts that nationwide, the paralegal profession is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020.
Graduates of San Jacinto College’s paralegal program generally have no problem finding jobs. During the past 11 years, the job placement rate for the College’s paralegal graduates has ranged from 90 to 95 percent.
San Jacinto College offers a two-year paralegal associate degree program at the North Campus, as well as distance learning paralegal courses that are available online.
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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.